New Book 'Nathan' is a Captivating Tale About Hope, Intimacy and Theatre

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Author Hemenway Stephens lets a toy elephant recount his adventures after being bought at a New York City flea market in 1995.

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Hemenway Stephens, author of “The Summoning,” has been a theatre artist for thirty years. The hope and heartbreak of the profession inspired her second novel, "Nathan", where a toy elephant recounts his adventures after being bought by an acting teacher and director at a New York City flea market in 1995.

Morgan Johansson has lived a private life of guarded intimacy until his world is turned upside down by his impulsive acquisition of a toy elephant. Nathan, who was made in 1950 and then stored in an attic for many years, has a thorough exuberance for his new life and respectful affection for everyone he meets, none of whom find it unusual to be interacting with a toy elephant. His enthusiasm catapults Morgan and himself into one adventure after another until they suddenly find themselves on the board of a fledgling New York theatre company whose future seems precarious at best. Morgan and Nathan's adventures lead to a new future, where love and endless creativity seem certain.

Nathan celebrates that one impulse that will change your life forever.

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About the Author
Hemenway Stephens has worked for 30 years in the theatre in New York City, Kansas City, Seattle, Scranton, Williamsport, Vilnius and Stockholm. She has taught, acted, directed and written. She lives with her quiet husband on a small estate in Pennsylvania.

Nathan * by Hemenway Stephens
Publication Date: 2/28/2014
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 226 pages; 978-1-4931-5846-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 226 pages; 978-1-4931-5847-8
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-5848-5

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