Hi All from the Newest Guppy (Just joined yesterday).
I would appreciate your help on the Hook for my completed MS: The Lexus Hotel: Mid-Life Crisis, Menopause and Car Camping (Not Necessarily in That Order). This is my first attempt at a Query. I realize that it is somewhat unconventional, but that is by design as the Genre doesn't really fit the fiction or non-fiction template. It is a travel memoir/adventure/true story, 83,341 words. Thanks in advance for your comments.
-- Sojourner --
“Sojourn: journey of the soul. Respite: to spite again. Lexus Hotel: car camping extraordinaire. Father Chris says the body is a glove and the soul is the hand inside the glove. My hand is damaged. What better time to go on a Sojourn, seeking respite, in my Lexus Hotel.”
“Respite: to spite again; to re-offend, to compound the damage from one wrong with yet another wrong. Wait…wait. That’s what it should mean, but instead we use it to describe a rest, a pause from the act that is exhausting us, a chance to recover, time to catch our breath so that we can carry on. Time to work on getting better – that’s what I told my husband as I hugged him with my one arm and then drove away.” (Excerpts from Chapter One)
The Lexus Hotel is a retelling of a six week solo road trip – a Sojourn -- from Colorado to Vancouver, Canada while on medical leave from my career as a lawyer. To add yet another wrinkle to the Sojourn, I was sporting an enormous bright red cast that went from my bicep to my fingers. This travel memoir chronicles the adventures such as spelunking, kayaking with the whales, getting attacked by squirrels, exploring the Canadian culture and the sites and scenery of British Columbia, and of course, car camping – not out of necessity, but by choice. The book also delves into the pain emanating from numerous family crises that caused me to abandon my husband and children for six weeks in an attempt to avoid a melt down that is often triggered by a Mid-Life Crisis, and an attempt to find peace. Throughout the trip, I told a lie to everyone who asked about the cause of the injury; after the Sojourn, I was finally ready to tell the truth.