Featured Upmarket Fiction Novel

The Blind Affect. Realistic fiction for our time. Coming June 22, 2021.

Blind affect: to have no knowledge of the impact your action(s) had on a person, place, thing or event.

June – The Blind Affect

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This new work of fiction by Michael Poeltl comes at exactly the right time.

Diversity, inclusion, and equality are at the heart of this character-driven story. While difficult and heart-breaking lessons await Jonah, Severn, and Darnell in their own lives, a shared event along a similar timeline intimately links all three despite their glaring differences. Caught in the gravity of the event, purpose presents itself and their shared blind affect validates the notion that no act goes unacknowledged.

Jonah’s existence has meant nothing to him, but a revelation at the eleventh hour proves that no life is wasted.

The Blind Affect alternates between characters’ perspectives as they face life’s obstacles along their journeys, leading to an inescapable conclusion that will offer an answer to one of the most poignant questions a person can ask themselves.

In 1960 Jonah entered the world on his stillborn twin brother’s heels, setting him up for a lifetime of disappointment. With an addictive personality and deep-seated sadness, his mother struggles to manage her addictions while raising Jonah with an increasingly absent husband.

In 1975 Severn was abducted into a life her thirteen-year-old self couldn’t comprehend. She soon learns the unthinkable truth, experiencing first hand the hellish descent into the bowels of the sex trade. Severn’s life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot imagine an escape.

In 1994 Darnell slipped free of his abusive father when an extraordinary opportunity revealed itself. Time and maturity show Darnell to be a kind-hearted individual drawn to the needs of the oppressed. He has a mysterious benefactor to thank for his successes, and upon first glance, repairing Darnell’s relation to Severn’s traumatic youth seems insurmountable. Still, to become a complete person, it is a step he knows he must take.

Are three people living in the same city along similar timelines destined to meet? When one event affects each person’s life in a meaningful way, does the universe conspire to bring them together or tear them apart?

Lives are lived and lost ubiquitously; it’s what you do with them that counts. Can life be more than the sum of one’s own experiences? Do we have to look objectively through others’ eyes to understand our influence on the world around us?

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