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About the author:
James David Audlin is an American author living in Panama, after previously living in France.
A retired pastor, college professor, and newspaper opinion page editor, he is best known as the author of "The Circle of Life".
He has written about a dozen novels, several full-length plays, several books of stories, a book of essays, a book of poetry, and a book about his adventures in Panama.
Fluent in several languages, he has translated his novel "Rats Live on no Evil Star" into French ("Palindrome") and Spanish ("Palíndromo").
He also is a professional musician who composes, sings, and plays several instruments, though not usually at the same time.
He is married to a Panamanian lady who doesn't read English and so is blissfully ignorant about his weirdly strange books. However his adult daughter and son, who live in Vermont, USA, are aware, and are wary, when a new book comes out.
Rats Live on no Evil Star
James David Audlin
A widowed skater. A shill. A tree who loves Shakespeare. A freight train. Snow falling on unblinking eyes. Tumbleweed. Tachyons. Kites. A stranger who isn't.
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A retired skater is driven by guilt over her husband's death to return to the village where she was raised, lacking any longer the will to live. But oblivion will not take her; she begins hearing stories whispered to her from walls and floors - funguswood boards taken from a species of trees long since rendered extinct by humanity.
A shill on death row somehow escapes prison by way of an old Leadbelly song; or perhaps it is a drug-induced madness. He comes to the same village and spies on the skater, out on the Suicide Flats nearby, talking for hours with something that looks like tumbleweed.
A tree, either the last or the first of its species, who is curiously familiar with Shakespeare, Blake, and Milton, and who bears humanity no ill will, is looking for a savior.
And a stranger, who is someone once known and loved, must overcome his anger and doubt to bring these three and their stories together, changing the past in order to preserve the future.
- Publication Date:
- Feb 01 2012
- 1470012413 / 9781470012410
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Literary