A WALKING SHADOW by Gary Bolick
Book Title: A WALKING SHADOW
Author: Gary Bolick
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Publication Date: October 17, 2018
About the Book:
After walking away from a horrific car accident, untouched, Jonas Bellingham Ayre, sells his business, divorces his wife and moves to the desert. It is there, in the desert searching for answers, that his shadow, steps out and becomes a taunting foil. Months pass and still no answers. A burlap sack is thrown out from a passing train. Inside the sack, Jonas discovers and nurses back to health, Eva, an abused, near-dead woman, who in return, helps Jonas find redemption and a measure of peace as he becomes the moving force in reuniting Eva with her daughter.
About the Author:
Born and raised in Winston-Salem/Clemmons, NC. Lived and studied in Paris for a year before graduating from Wake Forest. It was at Wake I had the honor of studying under and being mentored by Germaine Bree. Amazing woman and scholar. Writing A WALKING SHADOW was a true labor of love. When I was living in Paris, I was able to track down a copy of the first ten treatises of Jabir’s “Book of Sixty-Nine Treatises”. Finally, it seemed, studying French was paying off. No English translation existed of Jabir’s work. I could read antiquity’s greatest alchemist in his own words. When Jonas’ shadow splits off and begins to both comfort and mock him it was, as Carl Jung speaks of in “Psychology and Alchemy,” the conscious and unconscious attempting to find balance. Of course a few random events, a couple of love interests and the ever-present vulture flying overhead, helped out.
"There is an exceptionally fine line between intense introspection and prolonged navel-gazing. That line is a tightrope author Bolick walks precariously in this tale of one man’s unyielding search for enlightenment. Bolick’s protagonist desperately wants to come to grips with personal answers to profound questions such as why are we here, what does consciousness really mean, and can we ever truly understand one another or, for that matter, ourselves. The author encases these soul-searching queries in a story that dispenses potential answers much like a time-release capsule—a few now, a bit later, and eventually perhaps enough to ward off congenital melancholia. "