I began writing these existential stories because they
needed air and because I was sick to death of people being lauded for writing
trivial rubbish. It’s easy to write nice, acceptable TV bookclub bodice
rippers, a lot harder to tell the truth.
My stories scrape the scrotum of life’s existence and laugh
at despair. There is no room in my books for any Goo Goo Muck, just
straight up Rock n Roll.
“I don’t know
how, and I don’t know why, but I think I died today.”
So begins the
complex and mysterious journey of Gavin Goode and his family. What
happened to Gavin and why? What secrets will emerge along the way?
Frankie, his wife and a dress store owner, feels guilty, but why? His
son, Ryan, who owns an ice cream parlor, and daughter-in-law, Jenna,
who is a bank manager, are expecting their first baby. How will this
trauma affect them? And what of Rosemary, Frankie’s best friend? Or
Ben Hillman and eleven year old, Christopher? How are they implicated
in the events that unfold around Gavin’s misfortune?
This is a story of
despair and hope, dreams and reality, uncertainty and faith,humor,
secrecy, forgiveness and beginnings. As in his previous novels, David
B. Seaburn demonstrates his in-depth understanding of the human
experience and his storytelling mastery.
2010 I retired after having been the director of a public school
based free family counseling center.
to that I was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Family
Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center for almost
twenty years. During my tenure there I taught in a Family Medicine
Residency Program, practiced Medical Family Therapy and was the
Director of a Family Therapy Training Program.
addition to this I am a retired Presbyterian minister, having
graduated from seminary (Boston University) in 1975. I served a
church full-time from 1975-1981 before entering the mental health
field permanently. I am married; we have two adult daughters and two
educational background includes two master’s degrees and a PhD. Most
of my career was as an assistant professor of psychiatry and family
medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. There I wrote
two professional books and over 65 papers and book chapters.
addition to long fiction, I write personal essays, many of which have
been published in the Psychotherapy Networker magazine.
also write a blog, “Going Out Not Knowing,” for Psychology
Twenty five year oldÂ Hailey Crossan takes a trip to Ireland during a sabbatical from her job in the LA record business. While there, sheâ€™s offered a job too good to turn down, so she stays.
Although Hailey works in Galway, she lives in the countryside of Connemara, a rural area famous for its Irish traditional music.Â Â When Hailey meets local musician,Â Liam Hennessey, a confusing relationship begins, which Hailey thinks is the result of differing cultures, for Liam is married to the music, andÂ so unbalanced at the prospect of love, he won’t come closer nor completely go away.
And so begins the dance of attraction that Hailey struggles to decipher. Thankfully, a handful of vibrant localÂ friends come to her aid,Â and Hailey learns toÂ love a land and its people, both with moreÂ charmÂ than she ever imagined.
Claire Fullerton is an award winning essayist, a magazine contributor, a former newspaper columnist, and a four time contributor to the â€œChicken Soup for the Soulâ€ book series. She hails from Memphis, Tn. and now lives in Malibu California. â€œDancing to an Irish Reelâ€ is her second novel.