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At the Corner of Magnetic and Main
by Meg Welch Dendler
It's hard to get on with your life when you're already dead.
Penny had been stuck in the same diner for decades—ever since she died in 1952. Her diner
was comfortable and safe. Serving ice cream to those who dropped in on their way to the
next level of existence, she helped to ease their transition into The Light, the one place
she can't go. Her afterlife was perfect.
But when the ridiculously handsome, bad-boy biker Jake Thatcher shows up and becomes stuck
as well, Penny rediscovers feelings that she thought had been buried with her body.
Life is still life, and love is still love. But was her existence really perfect, or was it
something else entirely?
Praise for At the Corner of Magnetic and Main
Meg Welch Dendler's paranormal fantasy, At the Corner of Magnetic and Main, is an otherworldly
tale about the newly dead who, for whatever reason, do not go into the light, and instead linger on
as spirits. Dendler's ghosts can still eat ice cream and Penny, the waitress, has even figured out
how to manifest strongly enough to scoop ice cream and stream movies from the forties and fifties
on the shop's computer at night when the shop owners are home. I enjoyed the historical elements of
this nostalgic tale, especially the tales of the elderly man, Silas, and Molly, the maid. There are
elements of Sartre's No Exit, Straub's Ghost Story, and even a bit of some old Twilight Zone stories
blended in this supernatural coming of age tale, whose heroine fills her ethereal existence with
dreams of dancing with Fred Astaire, experiencing the grand passion of Bacall and Bogart, and finally
experiencing for herself a first kiss. This is a well-written and introspective novel which gives the
reader a lot to think about.
~ Jack Magnus, for Readers' Favorite
I'm so excited to see this title out on Kindle. Full disclosure, I was asked to be a beta reader for
this work several years ago. Meg is a friend of friends who know we both write. I started it and then
some major events in my life interrupted any "fun" reading for a long while. I lost the link and life
went on. But these characters and the small town setting have stayed with me all this time. I'm looking
forward to seeing how it all comes out for Penny and Jake. So, I'm cheating here, not having read the
whole book, but I wanted to be the FIRST of what I'm sure will be a raft of good reviews. I figure any
plot line and group of characters that can stay in my head for this amount of time deserve four star recognition.
OK, this is my revised review. I finally had a chance to get back with Penny and Jake, and it was well worth it!
Totally in agreement with the other reviews here and I'm upping my star rating to five. This is a great example
of using the power of story to convey profound and sometimes difficult concepts without preaching, philosophizing,
or metafizzling. It is comforting and inspirational on the order of Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain,
a book I keep gifting. Thanks, Meg, for a great resource, as well as a great read!
~ Susan J. Cobb on Amazon.com
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, look forward to reading more stories from you. Congratulations Meg!
~ Barbara Kelsey
Meg Welch Dendler has considered herself a writer since she won a picture book contest in fifth
grade and entertained her classmates with ongoing sequels for the rest of the year.
Beginning serious work as a freelancer in the '90s while teaching elementary and middle
school, Meg has over one hundred articles in print, including interviews with Kirk Douglas,
Sylvester Stallone, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. She has won contests with her short
stories and poetry, along with multiple international awards for her best-selling Cats in
the Mirror alien rescue cat children's book series.
At the Corner of Magnetic and Main is her first adult novel, but it won't be her last. Meg
and her family (including four cats and her dog, Max) live at 1,400 feet in the Ozark Mountains
on what they call Serenity Mountain, just outside of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
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