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This 230-page trade paper novel explores every parent s deepest, primal fear, the death of a child. Lives are forever changed by such a tragedy. Marriages crumble. The world spins out of control. And so it is for Cole Seatstone. He has lost everything; his child, his wife, his will to live. On the brink of suicide, his very survival pivots on the fulcrum of an old, dusty, worn, purple book full of parables, and a young refugee boy who is also teetering on the edge of life. In a world full of tragedy, miracles still happen. Stories still have power. Truth still speaks... These are the Tales of the Master.
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Douglas Vincent Wesselmann, aka Otis Twelve, has published short fiction in The North American Review, and in anthologies from Bleak House and Cosimo Press. He has won prizes in the United Kingdom, including a Dagger Award from the British Crime Writers Association, a Templeton Prize for short fiction, and a debut novel prize at the London Book Fair. Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo named his story Life Among the Bean Bugs runner-up for the Kurt Vonnegut Award. A founding member of rock/vaudeville band, The Ogden Edsl, his career includes 35 years in radio and television. In the distant past, he was a Benedictine seminarian and Paul Newman s bodyguard for an afternoon.Review:
In Tales of the Master, Douglas Vincent Wesselmann explores-with emotional clarity and heart-the power and influence of fable and allegory. The narrator finds redemption without seeking it, through a series of encounters in small-town Iowa that parallel ancient mystical texts. With a few nods toward O.Henry, Tales of the Master is a celebration of a story. --Timothy Schaffert, The Swan Gondola
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Book Description Centering Corporation, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1561232513