No man is an island.
Phoenix, AZ (Vocus) October 29, 2010
“No man is an island.” January, 1938. The Depression. Poverty is everywhere but never in the hearts of young lovers. Douglas, a Connecticut Yankee is perfectly happy with his solitary life, content to be left alone with his literature books. But when he meets a young opera singer from Savannah, Georgia who becomes his muse, his horizons broaden, adding color to his once black-and-white world. Readers can witness his emotional catharsis in Goodbye, Miss Butterfly, a poignant novel of self-discovery by Yankeebudd.
Douglas, an English major, is unlike other boys his age. Reserved, Doug prefers to be by himself while others revel in their youth—high on alcohol and women. He retreats into his healing imaginative world—one where literature brings everything and anything to life. In his mind, he often converses with Sir Edmund Spencer, his favorite Renaissance, not-quite-medieval poet, and Professor Keenan, his American poetry teacher. In their often long-winded conversations, they offer him advice and insights and allow him to ponder on questions. Doug is mostly happy with his lonely existence until he meets Piper.
Suddenly, Doug finds himself in unfamiliar territory, navigating awkwardly through his lack of experience in love. His world is colored not only by the voices in his head, but also by the vivacity and inspiration that Piper brings into his life. Like kindred spirits, they indulge in conversations about life, about themselves and stumble clumsily through their blossoming relationship. As Piper gradually draws Doug out of his shell, he finds himself less dependent on Sir Edmund Spencer and Professor Keenan, and more rooted in reality. Just in time as Doug discovers why she hides within her music. No woman is an island either. They both must come of age.
Readers can follow this lonely poet’s journey as an adolescent exploring psyche and discovering a whole new world that inspires literature itself. For more information on Goodbye, Miss Butterfly, interested parties may log on to Xlibris.com.
Goodbye, Miss Butterfly * by Yankeebudd
Publication Date: October 26, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 310 pages; 978-1-4535-5840-9
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