The Myth of Jake

by Kristine Rudolph

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Synopsis

When Southern golden boy and heir-apparent to a multigenerational legacy Jake Goodloe dies tragically, his best friend Maggie Carlton does what she always does in the face of pain - she writes. But Maggie's effort to define Jake's past has unintended consequences that force Maggie to re-evaluate their friendship as well as her most closely-held values.

Jake and Maggie have been best friends their whole lives and lovers from time-to-time. Growing up in the small town of Tempelton, Tennessee, they recognize in one another an inquisitiveness most of their fellow Tempeltonians seem to lack. Jake, the golden boy heir-apparent to an upstanding family's legacy, struggles to reconcile his family and social demands with his innate curiosity and desire to leave the small town he finds so stifling. His friendship with Maggie offers a respite and provides an opportunity for honesty his everyday life does not. Though firmly plot-driven, The Myth of Jake is highly thematic and engages the reader in explorations of loss, religion, commitment, honesty, and authenticity.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: Occasional detailed sex scene
Target Audience Age: 35-64 (Working age adults)
Violence: Death, but minimal violence

Setting

Geography: USA
Realism: Consistent with real world, no magic, no unachieved science
Setting Type: Urban (city)
Time Period: 2000 - 2009

Main Character

Age: Adult
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian European
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: Romantic
Mysteries & Puzzles: Significant mystery(ies) are core to driving the story
Pacing: Time to savor, deliberate
Physical Action: Negligible physical action
Political/Social Commentary: Politics irrelevant to story
Romance: Major romance, essential to story

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About the author

Kristine Rudolph

Kristine Rudolph (b. 1974) is a native of Tennessee. She earned a B.A. in History and Religious Studies from Southern Methodist University in 1995 and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 1998. She blogs regularly on wellness issues at kristinerudolph.com. She and [...]