Papertown Publishing (2017)
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (9/18)
It’s not often an author can take two different protagonists in two different parts of the world and intertwine their passion, obstacles encountered, and eventually meeting in person. Author Tom Corbett in “Passable Passions” has done just that with exceptional fashion.
Two families – one under the rule of Afghanistan and the other from a well-to-do family in which the father controls all. Azita has always been fascinated with learning and dedicates her life to being a doctor, just like her father. Knowing that women aren’t supposed to be educated or learn skills other than being a dutiful wife, Azita’s father takes a great risk in letting her help in his clinic yet he cannot cease helping her.
Chris Crawford comes from a family where the father rules and expects everyone to jump when he says without regard for anyone’s feeling or thoughts. Chris seems to me to be the total opposite of Azita in that he as his family says, “has a lot of tramps.” At the same time, he has a passion for what he does and what he wants to do.
I thought at the beginning I would have difficulty with switching between protagonists, but once I got used to it, it was easy to follow. I did not like all the vulgarity revolving around Chris. Aside from that, I learned a lot of information about Afghanistan, cultural issues and impact controlling parent have on children. Corbett addressed issues that many of us have when it comes to making choices that don’t always resonate well with our family or society.
The storyline had me feeling every emotion from happy, surprise and anger. The characters made me feel empowered and happy with the choices I have made in life even though many did not agree with me. It all comes down to living your passions and dreams; you can’t please everyone all the time.
I highly recommend “Palpable Passions by Tom Corbett.” It is entertaining, well written and has great characters.