Paper Crown: A Novel

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Red Hen Press, 2005 - Fiction - 196 pages
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Blending features of speculative fiction, the occult, and the spiritual quest, Paper Crown details an unusual story of initiation. Traumatized by the mysterious circumstances of his mother's death, Chuck runs away from his Southern California home and lands in Colorado Springs where he becomes involved with Frank Posner and his mother, Lyuba. Leaders of an ancient and highly secretive family of travelers who have incredible powers, they take Chuck on a psychological journey in which he must face his disturbing past and confront a frightening and uncertain future. With a cast of vivid and sometimes bizarre characters, Paper Crown unfolds a classic story of loss, struggle, and renewal.

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Jim Peterson is a poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist. Early books include The Man Who Grew Silent (Bench Press 1989), and An Afternoon With K (Holocene 1996). His Red Hen Press books are The Owning Stone (2000, winner of The Benjamin Saltman Award), Paper Crown (2005), and The Bob and Weave (2006). His poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Georgia Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others. His poetry was awarded a Poetry Fellowship from the Virginia Commission on the Arts in 2002-03. A number of his plays have been produced in regional and college theatres around the country. He is writer-in-residence and coordinator of creative writing at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia where he lives with his wife, Harriet, and their beloved Welsh Corgi, Dylan Thomas.

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