Guy Ridley, in his late fifties, runs a used bookstore on the outskirts of a large university in the American Midwest. He has a few troubles: A troubled marriage: he is separated from the wife he still loves, The return of a mental disability that takes the form of oppression by demons, A long-ago scandal at the university continue to plague him Life without steady, loving companionship on the margins of a a large city weighs on him. Despite all this, he doesn’t give up on life or work.He develops his creativity.He strives to build up the arts in the local community. He takes pleasure in helping people who come his way. He reads constantly and loves story writing. He has written two dozen sketches about aspects of university life that are included in the novel. He works to end the trouble that sent his wife away from academic life in the Midwest… A brief concluding section, written by a former employee at the bookstore who’s now on the university faculty. tells how Guy comes very close to disaster. Does he escape or sink? This novel explores several themes: Mid-life crisis The need for love, The persistence of the past, The value of stories. Readers who love Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” may find this story interesting.
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Richard French was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1942. He decided when he was in the 8th grade that fiction writing would be at the center of his life. He has written almost a dozen novels and will add them to Kindle, God willing, bit by bit.After graduating from the University of Chicago, he served in the American army for four years with almost three as a Lao linguist. He has dabbled in the theatre and worked in the banking business in the Boston area. In later life, he served as a pastor of a Lutheran Church-Canada congregation in Sudbury, Ontario. He now lives in Toronto and works part-time at a mid-town congregation. Zack Pospieszynski designed book covers for his novels. Zack is former director of Toronto’s Peak Gallery and is now Program Director, at an innovatgive gallery called Matter.