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The Meq
Steve Cash
Adult Fiction CASH

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Anyone who can get past the trite opening scenes of country singer Cash's fantasy debut will be pleasantly surprised as the stilted prose becomes the accented speech of a fluent foreigner and the sketchy characters turn into solid people. As the orphan Zianno searches the world for the mysterious Sailor, he soon meets other Basque children who share his true heritage: they are the Meq, who stay 12 years old until they meet their soul mates and choose to attain mortality together. Zianno's almost-romance with the beautiful and mortal Carolina and his friendships with other Meq are described with a deep tenderness that plays up the brutality of the Fleur-du-Mal, an ancient renegade Meq who kills Carolina's sister and kidnaps her daughter. As Zianno, Sailor and their companions hunt the Fleur-du-Mal, the vividly painted landscape of the early 20th century unfolds around them, populated by many famous people (from T.S. Eliot to Scott Joplin) and events from the 1904 World's Fair to the 1918 influenza epidemic. Those expecting a conventional tale of immortality's woes or a coming-of-age story won't find either, but as light and engaging historical fiction with a fantasy twist, the novel works well. Agent, Frances Bissell. (Jan. 25) FYI: In the 1970s, the author was a member of the Ozark Mountain Devils band and composed the hit pop song "Jackie Blue." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Upon his 12th birthday, in 1881, young Zianno Zezen discovers that he is not human but an immortal creature known as a Meq, who will not grow older until he finds his soul mate. As the years pass, Zianno attempts to understand what he is while also trying to bring to justice the evil Meq called Fleur-du-Mal. Singer-songwriter Cash's first novel displays the author's storytelling talent as well as his original approach to fantasy. A well-crafted tale, this belongs in most libraries' fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Zianno "Z" Zezen
Age: 12
Lost his parents in a train wreck; stays 12 until he meets his soulmate; searching for his lost heritage.

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