#Review: Blue State by Laurel Osterkamp #Relationship #

I have read many short stories, novellas but the emotions and feelings described in Blue State by Laurel Osterkamp. This was the first time I was read  Ms. Osterkamp and I am quite delighted. Her story line, her expression and her witty way of reigning in the emotions was exceptional and I loved reading the Blue Slate, in which she had beautifully woven a tale of different burdens and problems related with our daily life. I believe, there are so many of us going through such dilemmas and have no way to figure out but Ms. Osterkamp has beautifully laid out a story with us. It have emotions, feelings, memories, pain and what not, and me being a fan of serious and emotional literature, loved every part of it.

I recommend this story to all those out there looking for a book to read on a short journey and who love serious and captivating stories. In future, I wish to read from Ms. Laurel again.

Good Luck in your endeavors.

Book Description:

Love. Family. Growing Older. They’re all part of the state we live in.

Lucy has left her home in Seattle and possibly her marriage too, because her father’s stroke has turned things upside down. When she’s not at her dad’s bedside, she’s at her mother-in-law’s house, caring for her children while avoiding her husband’s calls. Re-examining her professional goals and staving off heartbreak is only part of it; Lucy has to decide where it is that she belongs. But when Monty returns early from his month-long trip to Botswana, she’ll also have to decide which is more important – the life she has made for herself, or the life she left behind.

Blue State is a short(ish) story written for fans of November Surprises blog (www.NovemberSurprises.blogspot.com), November Surprise the novel, and the novella Campaign Promises. As a special bonus the first two chapters of The Hold Out are previewed in the back, which continues the saga of the Bricker family, this time with Jack and Monty’s younger cousin, Robin.

About the author:

Lots of things influence my writing. My misadventures in my twenties were the starting point for Following My Toes, although I spiced things up A LOT in order to make it an interesting story. Getting married, having kids, teaching high school, and figuring out the sort of adult I wanted to be influenced Starring in the Movie of My Life. Whatever I write, I try not to shy away from characters making tough choices. I believe in finding truth in fiction!

#Review of The Lost Pearl by #Author Lara Zuberi



Everything changes for nine-year-old Sana Shah when she witnesses the horror of her father’s assassination. She suffers through the pain of losing him, while realizing the worth of lessons learnt from him as pearls of wisdom. The tragedy forces Sana to leave her home in Pakistan and move across the globe to California. As time passes, she remains tormented by her memories as she struggles to rediscover her identity in a foreign land. Keen on pursuing journalism, she attends Stanford, where she meets a law student, Ahmer. They are drawn together by their cultural heritage, as well as their shared experience of having lost and endured. He becomes the source of her happiness as well as the catalyst in mending her strained relationship with her family. As the story unfolds, however, their lives become intertwined in unexpected ways. The obstacles are countless, and may be impossible to overcome. Spanning nearly two decades and set against a backdrop of landmark political events in both Pakistan and America in recent history, The Lost Pearl is an emotional tale about the strength of the human bond and the consequences of a truth left untold.


We all understand what emotions, feelings and tragedies could do to us but little do we understand until we are subjected to them. Others can feel your pain only when they have gone through it themselves and therein, lays the experience. In this tale of tragedy, trauma and politically changing world, Lara Zuberi has beautifully created a tale of a young girl Sana who fights the world alone for the love of her assassinated father. Looking closely at Sana’s character, it made me feel like I was looking through a mirror as her pain could be easily felt by me. With Lara’s beautiful descriptions of the scenarios and places and even Sana’s feelings as she grew up, it made me live the story in my mind’s eye. The story is beautifully carved with a genuine flow with the events generally flowing throughout although it had me gripping me the pages when Sana comes to know about Ahmar’s father.

Lara Zuberi had done a great job by weaving a tale that is worth reading. Her wonderful knowledge of history and the current affairs had helped us relive the past and understand the turmoil and the perils that had befallen our country over the years.

A wonderful and gripping tale. Good job!



Lara Zuberi is of Pakistani origin. She writes literary fiction which has a multicultural flavor. She is an oncologist by profession, and is donating 50% of the proceeds from her debut novel, The Lost Pearl, to underprivileged cancer patients. She is currently working on her second novel, while trying to balance her diverse roles as mother of a three-year-old, physician and author.


Find her on:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/larazuberi

Website: http://www.larazuberi.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lzuberi