Book Blitz: Visions of Johanna

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Literary Fiction 

Date Published: November 14, 2022

 Publisher: PFP Publishing


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Johanna, an artist, and Matt, a music critic, couldn’t be more
different, but by a simple twist of fate, she plucks him from a crowd at a
Dylan concert. What follows is a heady and intense relationship buffeted by
the usual suspects that gently rocked the ‘80s. Matt’s lessons
in art—as well as life—at the hands of Johanna, drive the novel
into pockets of feminism and quiet revolution. All of this is tempered by
deeply held traumatic secrets that torque their intimacy.

Yet it’s Revere—and not Boston—that remains one of the
underlying attractions in “Visions of Johanna”. This north shore
backdrop brings Matt into full focus – a child in a city of recent
immigrants, life by the ocean, the bilious flavor of the Mob are just some
of the elements rendered in skillful detail. Johanna, a renegade from
Wisconsin—freewheeling and hyper-energized—draws Matt out of his
comfort zone and into her world.

A meditation on art and unrest, “Visions of Johanna” celebrates
life, love, memory and the undying power of the deep connections that
sustain us. The novel follows Johanna and Matt as they pursue their dreams
to paint and to write. But burdening problems collide with these artistic
desires and other forces conspire against them. Ultimately, the two are done
in by their inability to share aspects of their past they believe they must
hide from.

The novel travels through time and social unrest to the final moment hinted
at in the prologue. Within this book’s pages, tragedies haunt, acts of moral
goodness manifest themselves, and benevolence reigns with a finality that
absolves all.

About the Author

 Peter Sarno taught literature and memoir courses at the University of
Massachusetts, Boston and has published essays, reviews, and short stories.
While a graduate student at UMass, he won the Donald E Cookson prize in
nonfiction. His work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Music World magazine,
Sweet Potato, Gannet newspapers, Gatehouse Media, and other outlets. Visions
of Johanna is his first published novel.


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