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The Stove-Junker

S.K. Kalsi

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ISBN 10: 0990779068 / ISBN 13: 9780990779063
Published by Little Feather Books, Inc., 2015
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Title: The Stove-Junker

Publisher: Little Feather Books, Inc.

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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In the winter of 2012 seventy-nine year old Somerset travels back to his ancestral home in idyllic Drums, Pennsylvania to renovate his dilapidated house. Burdened by the loss of his beloved wife, the long-ago disappearance of his rebellious son, and angry at God and at himself Somerset hopes to reach a final understanding of the meaning of his life. 
While a blizzard threatens to undermine his project and "Armageddon" draws near, Somerset discovers a boy squatting on the property. As they unearth objects in the house lost to time Somerset revisits his father's cruelty and the accident that cost him his brother's life. He recalls his dreamy mother and her transience and the punishment inflicted upon her by his father. 
While a murder of crows harass and torment him Somerset's mind circles back to meeting and falling in love with his wife Winona and creating the joy and pain that was his son, Cole, who went missing thirty years before. 
Part elegy, part history, part existential ghost tale The Stove-Junker is a harrowing, lyrical meditation on loss, heartbreak, and the power of memory.

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Dear Reader,
The Stove-Junker began as an exploration of loss and what losing yourself and those you love does to a soul. While exploring the meaning of loss, I discovered that the greatest thief of ourselves is Time. I remember seeing a painting at El Prado Museum in Spain twenty years ago, a famous painting by William Blake of Saturn (the Roman god of Time) devouring his children. I recall feeing horrified, yet strangely drawn to the violent image: Saturn's expression of rapaciousness and lust never left me, for it pointed to the basic truth of our existence: Self and selves cannot escape the abyss of time.  The second theme of this book is identity. Our  identity (who we are) remains always in doubt as time alters us and we age and falter. The people we become in old age are not the wild teenagers of a distant past, nor the toddlers of yesterday, nor the infants of an age that does not remember us. Time and identity are connected.  The third interrelated theme is Memory. How we remember, what we remember, do we remember? are all ideas I explore in The Stove-Junker. Even Somerset Garden, my anti-protagonist says in the novel, "Maybe we invent what we remember," or something like that, leaving the truths of our past selves always in doubt.  So as you read this book, I hope you look for ways I test and retest these ideas. By no means have I said the last word on the subject, nor set out to write a philosophical treatise on these themes, but treated them like any artist would, with patience and delicate care, and with rich detail that I hope convinces one of the importance of this character's life.  Thank You For Reading, S.K. Kalsi 

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