Along with enjoying a tranquil life in rural Northern Nevada, Clint Adams is now marketing his first historical novel—and second for adults—EVANGELINE The Seer of Wall St. After having spent over a decade prior as a teen-fiction author, Clint leaves young adult publishing with a smile on his face...and lots of good memories. His first novel for adults, a thriller: The Seventh Ritual, a race for survival. Since the publication of his first book, Just Say Mikey in 2002, Clint Adams has conducted dozens of his Stories About Facing Fear workshops in an effort to help teens everywhere maintain that "I can do anything" attitude. In conjunction with these events, Clint actively marketed his three multicultural teen novels Fear Ain't All That and its sequels Don't Be Afraid of Heaven and My Watch Doesn't Tell Time. He has also authored numerous academic publications while at The Washington Post’s Kaplan Inc. and McGraw-Hill publishing, and has been a member of the Authors Guild for over twenty years. Clint earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in drama from the University of California, Berkeley, studied creative writing at San Francisco State University and received his master's degree in marketing from San Francisco's Golden Gate University.
“After this fine historical novel, it’s easy to predict new fans for Adams.”
– Kirkus Reviews
A fanciful, fictional memoir of the real-life Evangeline Smith Adams, the most famous astrologer of the early 20th century.
Anyone who can predict the future should be able to write her own obituary. Adams, the astrologer, known as the “seer of Wall Street” for advising clients like J.P. Morgan, reportedly predicted her Nov. 10, 1932, demise earlier the same year. Adams, the author (The Seventh Ritual, 2009, etc.), pushes that prediction backward three decades to establish the primary tension driving his story—professional ambition versus the ticking clock. (The author has no familial relationship to the astrologer or her ancestors, U.S. presidents John and John Quincy.) The fiction closely follows fact and includes reprints of newspaper stories. In 1899, the 31-year-old Evangeline, unconventional and career-minded, cancels a wedding engagement; moves from Boston to New York to launch her astrology business; predicts the Windsor Hotel fire; gains notoriety; and sets up shop at Carnegie Hall. She later beats fortunetelling arrests in court; maintains a long-running relationship with an actress, playwright, and suffragist; and marries her young business manager, who propels her career via radio, books, and speeches to the pinnacle of fame and fortune. Mirroring Evangeline’s affinity for gaudy antiques, Adams has a penchant for piling up modifiers: “Hands rested aimlessly upon the 19th-century mahogany teapoy table, faces stared into the Italian Gilt Wood Grapevine mirror blankly, and mindless chatter took place around the Baroque ‘Putto Face’ cast iron wall fountain.” Whether such constructions enhance the story’s verisimilitude or detract from it depends on personal taste; they occur often but neither make nor break the story. Style aside, the story itself is intriguing, the pace is lively, and the pages turn quickly. The author infuses his characters with consistent personality traits, believable motives, and outlooks that are changed by events over decades. Most importantly, he gives Evangeline a fitting central quest: reconciling her confidence in the infallibility of the stars with her own life choices.
After this fine historical novel, it’s easy to predict new fans for Adams.
Pub Date: June 1, 2015
Page count: 376pp
Publisher: Credo Italia
Review Posted Online: Sept. 25, 2015
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2015
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