The Seal Cove Theoretical Society

Category: Fiction - Literary

Author: Scott Clemens


  • Publisher: Fezziwig Publishing Co.
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2020
  • Page Count: 338
  • ISBN-10: 1734613432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1734613438
  • ASIN: B08F1CWSX2

Emily, who has been the sole caretaker for her wheelchair-bound mother, is a closet novelist, unknown even to her mother. A caring heart urges her to extend a helping hand to her neighbors after they are involved in an accident and ends up looking after their dog. The neighbors, Tom and his wife are seriously injured, and the wife succumbs to her injuries while Tom returns to life, but not without tasting an almost-certain death and an insightful conversation with Fate. He is sent back to sort something out, but the true purpose of his return unfolds slowly as the story unravels.

Tom’s dog may as well be one of the protagonists because he manages to bring together a closet novelist, a retiring wine importer, a former rock star, a dot-com widow, and a crab fisherman. This cast of diverse characters shares a common denominator, something that forces the characters to form an affiliation and rally to Tom’s aid. As the friendships build, their sense of loyalty towards each other deepens, the secrets are laid bare. They discover a supply of liquor from the Prohibition Era along with an auction The Seal Cove Theoretical Society holds, leading to the appreciation of connections and community.

The Seal Cove Theoretical Society by Scott Clemens is a delightful story that brings to the fore an exploration of life and death as pictured in a small town by the San Mateo Coast called Sea Cove. The eclectic characters are well-written with fine attention to detail. The varying ages and experiences of the characters have something for readers of all ages as they experience the simple pleasures of life and navigate the challenges each one of them has to encounter. Moreover, the conversation with a personification of Fate throughout the book prompts readers to reflect on their own lives. Despite the presence of tragic elements in the story, this book is sure to bring a smile to your face. Intelligently plotted and masterfully executed, Scott Clemens puts into this spellbinding and affecting tale everything that makes for a bestseller.

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo Review Date: October 15, 2021

Category: Fiction - Literary


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