How Getting Lost May be the Key to Finding Yourself

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Author Karima Vargas Bushnell follows the work of mysterious writer Halycon Sage on his quest to find himself and save the planet, in new novel

Interconnected stories like these make up the human enterprise, as well as creating a lot of unintentional comedy.

In frenetic post-modern society, commercialism is around every corner, making it easy to be consumed by trivial matters, even while the world cries out for help.

In her new book, “The Life and Times of Halycon Sage,” author Karima Vargas Bushnell's protagonist battles the hypnotic fog obscuring life and the human spirit, seeking solutions and connections in his own eccentric way. Halycon Sage is a world-famous novelist, revered by some and ridiculed by others for his unique writing style, expressed in novels no longer than a short paragraph.

With the unfailing support and silent sardonic commentary of his horse, No-Name Stupid, Sage goes voluntarily missing on a soul-searching journey, encountering many friends and enemies: a petulant critic, a benign biker gang, a bouquet of spies, a Gypsy, and a shadowy figure of evil.

"Join them as they sprint or stumble through their lives, each on their own different and particular quest, meeting and changing each other in unpredictable ways,” says Karima. "Interconnected stories like these make up the human enterprise, as well as creating a lot of unintentional comedy.”

"The Life and Times of Halycon Sage" flows from the unexpected arguments between the odd characters in Karima's head, formed by her patchwork quilt of religious and cultural identities. The book’s deceptively simple form leads to a labyrinth of interconnecting plots, intriguing characters, humor, and human issues both timeless and contemporary.

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The Life and Times of Halycon Sage
By: Karima Vargas Bushnell
ISBN: 978-1312961913
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Lulu

About the author
Born in Reno, Nevada, Karima Vargas Bushnell is Director of the Light Upon Light Sufi Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a founding board member of Sustainable Nevada. She has worked as a college instructor, refugee job counselor, court reporter, old-time fiddler, and web moderator for the London Times Online. In the 1970’s she hitchhiked up and down Nevada, California and Washington with a friend, an Australian shepherd named Ratlips, and a bright yellow bass violin. Karima has a husband, three children, three cats and a secret identity as a part Native American Muslim who plays with an Irish band.

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