Renting the Veil
Renting the Veil, by A. Smith, my first novel, is available through amazon. com in paperback or on Kindle.
A linear-thinking ordinary businessman suddenly loses his young wife and spirals into uncontained grief. In a desperate attempt for solace and connection, he discreetly contacts a psychic who seemingly contacts his wife. Joe becomes obsessed with reaching her directly, exploring each new option with a haunting intensity: angels, dreams, astral projection, shamanic forces, synchronicity, past lives, shamanic forces and meditating in “places where the material and spiritual worlds has thinned.”
His diversion is secretive as he has a professional image to maintain, yet he occasionally senses that he is the object of an overt joke. The more confused he becomes, the more holographic his reality appears. The clients he represents in his law practice mirror his emotional journey. It is a hilarious gallery of colorful people, volatile and vulnerable.
Weaving through the story as well, a valuable coin passes through many undiscerning hands, paralleling Joe’s elusive search.
Covering an amazing bandwidth of the American experience, the story is poetic and pragmatic, tragic and comical, and an intelligent portrait of grief in a culture where death knows no mercy.
Alternately a heart-wrenching and hilarious adventure, it will rank as one of the most influential books you will ever read.