Chris Baker has wasted most of his life fearing emotional connections so that now emptiness has become comfort zone. And yes, there are painful reasons for his fears. But an unusual request from a dying friend exposes his heart in the most difficult way possible…with the true love he once betrayed.
When Chris agrees to reunite his friend’s grown son, Max, with his mother in British Columbia, he’s forced to confront the unresolved passions of their affair that triggered her deportation years before. And though the drive to Canada may recall a few idyllic moments from the 60’s, today’s road trip is a dangerous one as Chris and Max are chased by drug dealers and pursued by Max’s impetuous girlfriend.
All the while, Max keeps hidden his real motive for going to Canada and the actual getaway plan he has in mind.
Mature lovers and young lovers. Promises and betrayals. A Family Garden transforms the journey North into a complex journey inward, where Chris must find the strength to overcome his demons or lose forever the love he desperately needs.
I was born in Lincoln, England and emigrated to the United States as a child, the son of WWII refugees. I have an MA in English from UCLA where I was the Editor-in-Chief of its literary magazine, and then went on to teach English at local universities/colleges for a number of years. I left the U.S. after my own children were grown to sail and experience life in the Caribbean.
My first novel, High Pocket, which will soon be available on Amazon, is an action/adventure story about a modern-day gold miner named Jake, who falls in love with the daughter of a crippled miner who tells him the unbelievable story of a cavern of gold he found in the accident that nearly took his life. When the Jake’s own brother is killed in a brutal mining accident brought about by the greed of the mine’s management, Jake puts his own life on the line to descend two miles inside the mine to see if the cavern still exists and to retrieve the gold.
My memoir, Passage From England, details the emotional journey of my search for home, interweaving the adventures and tragedies of my immigrant childhood in America’s 50s and 60s with the unusual experiences of my early retirement in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Told from two points of view and spanning five decades, the multiple journeys of the child and the man enrich one another, providing an understanding of the demons that pursued me while uncovering the spirit of endurance that was fostered within.
I’ve also written a number of screenplays, as well as the libretto for classical opera, Ode To Phaedra, which was inducted into the Oxford University Archives of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama.
My website, My So-Called Paradise, includes weekly posts of contemporary observations of urban living, short stories, poems, etc., as well as free excerpts from my books