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Truths of the Heart
By G.L. Rockey
Anaphora Literary Press
2011
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5  stars
 
 
The cover of Truths of the Heart is from Picasso’s Blue period – a 1903 painting of The Old Guitarist.  This painting, considered an allegory of human existence, is a most appropriate cover for the story Rockey presents.  Picasso painted The Old Guitarist during a struggling time in the young artist’s life.  There is a darkness in the painting, but the white coloring of the guitarist’s face especially hints at a self-sustaining strength that keeps one true to oneself, whatever the cost.
 
The protagonist, Professor Rachelle Zannes, grabs the reader right away in the prologue.  It is January where she is making a presentation to the members of the Communication Department of Michigan State University.  She proposes a graduate course in moral examination for the next fall semester
 
“To sum up, Alexandra York seems to say it best: ‘New questions arise.  Is this idea true?  How is truth determined?  Is it relevant to all human beings or just a few?  Or only me?’”
 
Readers begin chapter one with Rachelle eight months later, and begin to know and care about Rachelle, past her professional in-control persona, as she ponders her upcoming marriage to Carl Bostich, a possessive former football star, now a sport’s radio announcer.  Later readers meet Seth Trudow, an art student taking the new course Rachelle is giving, and learn of his involvement with the possessive Laura Toth.  There are times of darkness in the story, but also times of self-sustaining truth.
 
Rockey tells a passionate story in a down-to-earth manner that engulfs the reader to continue on the journey, hungry for more with the turning of every page.  His book may contain deep universal human themes, but his characters are very real people, their conversations and actions akin to people readers may know, and the story one, that although it may be read quickly, readers will not quickly forget.