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The Ruby Seat

Rector, Joseph

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ISBN 10: 193846768X / ISBN 13: 9781938467684
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Title: The Ruby Seat

Publisher: Koehler Books


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Cyril Bankstrom lives alone on the shores of a sparkling Adirondack lake. He is a quiet, humble man who---after great suffering---acquires a rare and mystical gift of sensing God's Oneness in all things. But for the past 40 years the same haunting nightmare has tortured him---his hands are covered with blood; a child is screaming; a white house is burning, and in a large pine tree, a noose hangs in the moonlight.
In the eyes of his one true friend, Eva, Cyril is perfect, and she has grown to love and admire him. He is the opposite of the things she hates about her imprisoned, alcoholic father. Then a stranger appears in the dark woods with the truth of the old man's past.
Cyril and Eva must journey deep in the forest to find the peace or death that awaits them.

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The Ruby Seat would have been impossible to write had it not been for two people--Eva and George. When I was five, George Penfield became my first best friend. He was a genius at spreading happiness. His spirit and laughter were contagious, often leaving me doubled over laughing with tears in my eyes. We stood side by side at each other's wedding. A few years after his, I held his young wife's hand as she lay dying of cancer. After his wife passed, George's life spiraled downward, and I tried desperately to help, but in the end, all the love from family and friends could not save him. In 2007, George died from alcoholism at the age of forty-five.
 Eva is the name of my grandmother, which also happens to be the name of my main character. My grandmother was quiet and gentle and uncommonly peaceful. We had a rare bond and love that were unique among grandparents. She died in 1972, when I was ten years old. During a very low period in my life in 1997, I had what I term as an "awakening'' or a "connection'' with my grandmother. The experience is difficult to put into words, but it was life-changing and permanent. I immediately felt as though I had been let in on a secret. The common worries of life dissolved and a deep peace settled in. Death was no longer confusing or fearful, and in a strange, relieving way, life itself lost its great hold, its great importance.

Late one night, about a year after George died, during the stillness before sleep, the bulk of my story came to me. Very early the next morning, I stood smiling in front of a picture of my best friend. George was a big guy, and I could almost feel his famous bear hug. I hurried upstairs, picked up my laptop and started typing. I could hardly sit still. The words just kept coming, and I was amazed how good that felt. Thirteen months and thousands of words later, my story was complete--set in the summer scenery of the Adirondack Mountains, I took an unlikely pair--a teenager and an old man--and made them the best of friends. I set them on a parallel journey through the trials of alcoholism, death, and blame, until one of them arrived on the very steps of Heaven.

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