I am excited to share this short story with you today. When the author asked me to review and help her promote this book I couldn’t say no. As a breast cancer survivor, the awareness it can bring was very important to me. That all proceeds are going to cancer research was very important to me as well. The book is available TODAY!
The Perfect Breasts
Contemporary Short Stories
Independently Published (September 29, 2023)
Print length : 47 pages
ASIN : B0CGMTYBFD
The Perfect Breasts is a personal and raw short story about boobs, by Cara Bertoia author of Casino Queen, written to honor breast cancer awareness month. All proceeds from every page read on Kindle Unlimited to every book bought will be donated to cancer research!
Hannah Clein will always remember the day she went to a department store with her mother to buy her first bra as her last best day, “B.C.” before the cancer. She considered herself an ordinary child who loved challah bread, reading, and her family – often in that order.
With a normal life in the rear-view mirror, we follow Hannah over three decades, as she navigates the tricky transition from girlhood to womanhood. All her life, she just wants to belong. Be normal.
In a tale that explores a women’s complicated relationships with her body, and the love of her life, we learn the psyche is a funny thing. What are the perfect breasts? And how does the loss of a loved one affect those left behind?
The Perfect Breasts mixes family lore with imagination in a compelling tale of loss, longing, and love.
This story is a quick poignant read that follows Hannah on a very important day in every girl’s life to witnessing her mother fight cancer but lose her battle. As a breast cancer survivor with daughters, this story hit home. They along with my husband and son went through so much when I went through my chemo, surgery, and radiation. There is no guarantee it won’t come back.
Hannah is an Ashkenazi Jewish woman, an ethnic group that has a higher probability of having the cancer gene. Her journey is so emotional. Her fears really take over her life until the perfect person comes into her life.
I was older than Hannah’s mother, and my daughters were adults when I received that awful phone call but I am a full-figured woman with full-figured daughters, and worried that they may follow in my footsteps. Reading the part of Hannah’s story when she was older, from the daughter’s perspective, made me hyper-aware of what my daughters may have been feeling but never voiced because everyone was focused on me. We have had several meaningful discussions and reading this story will lead to more.
The Perfect Breasts is a story every woman should read. This story is full of great information presented in a way you can’t get from a brochure in the doctor’s office. It touched my heart, it made me think, and it added to my quest to do anything I can to eradicate cancer from this world. So buy this book, read it, a feel good that you are helping. It takes money for research and the price you paid for this book is all going toward that research.
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From the Author
When I was a child, I grew up in a very crowded house. I had three sisters. The way I would escape all the mayhem was by reading. From the time I could pick up a book I became a voracious reader. By the age of eight I was reading my parents’ novels, whatever books I could find.
At night instead of counting sheep I would tell myself Cinderella type stories where I got to be the heroine. But my first real writing class was when I worked in high-tech in Boston. I took a class at Harvard Extension, and the professor read my story aloud to the group. He asked me to read it, but I was too self-conscious because it was the first story I had ever written. From that day on I was hooked.
About the Author
They say write about what you know, and I know a lot about casinos. My new mystery Casino Queen has been featured in The Big Thrill, Women Writers Women’s Books, Charlotte Reader’s Podcast, Tell Me About Your Book, and dozens of popular book review sites. In my twenties on a summer hiatus from teaching in North Carolina, I drove to California and became a dealer in Lake Tahoe. Well, I can tell you that after teaching high school, handling an unruly gambler was a piece of cake. My mother highly disapproved of my working in a casino, “a place so bad it has ‘sin’ in the middle.”
Thankfully the paper from Palm Springs disagreed with my mother. The Desert Sun raved, “As is often the case, the author pulls from real-life experiences to create a worthy piece of fiction. And her own life is a vivid kaleidoscope of adventure. Casino Queen arrives at the perfect time when crime-solving tales that revolve around strong female protagonists aren’t just a luck of a draw. They’re downright successful. (See TV’s “Equalizer” and “Poker Face” for samplers.) To that end, Casino Queen has the makings of a streaming series.”
Eventually, I succumbed to pressure from the family and returned east to take a high-tech job in Boston. I also began working on my MFA in writing at Emerson. While in Boston I was offered the opportunity to join Princess Cruises as a croupier.
Jumping at the chance, I spent the next five years circling the globe. Sometimes life exceeds your dreams. I was awed by the beauty of Venice, the glaciers of Alaska, and the wonders of the Amazon. I returned from ships with a very special souvenir, my husband Ray. We now live in Hollywood, Florida where I write while gazing out at the ocean. I can see the cruise ships sailing out of Port Everglades and I get a little bit jealous.
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