The Timekeeper's Son, a moving father-son tale, explores middle-aged grief and youthful yearnings, the price of hidden disabilities and wounds, and the claims and limits of community.
In the small town of Milledge, Georgia, aspiring teenage filmmaker Josh Lovejoy hits a jogger while driving late at night. But this is not just any jogger: the victim is prominent local activist and historian David Masters. The accident not only puts Masters in the hospital in a coma, it shatters the fragile Lovejoy household. Adrift from friends and family, a shocked Josh reluctantly takes up his court-ordered community service work at the Good Shepherd School for Disabled Children. Meanwhile, the comatose Masters is visited by the ghost of the singer Peggy Lee, and his childless wife Meg, consumed with grief, fantasizes that Josh is the son she might have had.
In love with an unstable girl, and estranged from his angry father and preoccupied mother, Josh escapes to New York City. Things there do not go as planned and, overwhelmed, Josh makes a fateful decision that puts him beyond the help of his family. Facing physical and spiritual annihilation, he must choose between the death of the heart and the acceptance of the imperfect good that is his life. Josh's story reminds readers that while our lives may be flawed, they can still be embraced with love.
'Through these poems of courage and attention, Sara Baker weaves a fine thread connecting thorns from the past to the gifts and challenges of the present, outlining new patterns of light and shadow. This collection charts a steady, mindful course as the poet dares herself to "tap on windows," and "summon ghosts" enriching the present moment with acceptance, embracing both light and dark.'
—Grey Brown, award-winning author of When They Tell Me, What it Takes, and Staying In
"Sara Baker writes elegiac poems in the midst of the lives that are being celebrated and mourned. An amazing, fading-away, absolutely unique dance. Very beautiful."
—Coleman Barks, author of Winter Sky, New and Selected Poems, and Rumi: The Big Red Book: The Great Masterpieces celebrating Mystical Love and Friendship
'The poems in Sara Baker's chapbook, Brancusi's Egg are delicately wrought with intimate details of her personal life and illness. Poems of this nature run the risk of sacrificing craft to emotion and narrative simplicity to over-adornment. Hers do neither. They are at once greedy for life and effortless, carrying us backward toward some infinite origin.../ I myself felt comforted reading them and look forward to sharing them inside and outside the health care setting. Like the sculpture with which they so clearly resonate, these poems leave us with nothing but a stone wing/lifting 'beautiful and generously given.'
—Serena J Fox, MD, author of Night Shift
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