By Linda Stewart Henley
She Writes Press, 2022
Summary: Two lost souls reach for love and second chances during a freezing New England Winter.
“The transformative value of art is in making the ordinary extraordinary.”
It’s Christmas Eve. Barnaby Brown thinks back eighteen years when he lost his teaching job. His twin passions, painting and his wife Anna, also died that year. Now forty-five years old, a widower and an alcoholic, Barnaby’s working a dead-end job at the local hardware store.
Once a promising young artist, Barnaby has been on a downward spiral since loss and alcohol dragged him down. He’s lived a reclusive life after the deaths of his parents and his wife. He now prefers the company of his wise-cracking parrot, Popsicle, to companionship with other humans. Yearning to start over, Barnaby dreams of going to California and resurrecting his dreams of a painting career.
“It’s like painting. You have to reach beyond the vanishing point on the horizon for something important you can’t quite see, but know is there.”