Falling From The Moon
~ ~ A Novel by Karin Zirk
In the midst of Redwood Summer in 1990, twenty-five year old visual artist, Sapphire Larson, sets out to resurrect the hippie father who vanished under a cloud of patchouli oil fifteen years earlier. Not only a peace activist, but a prophet and Hollywood actor, the mythological father of her childhood holds the key to her success as an adult – or so Sapphire believes.
Acting on a tip, she hitchhikes to the World Peace and Healing gathering. From tribal drumming at midnight, to women’s healing circles by day, Sapphire ignores the lessons the universe is trying to teach her while she struggles to reconstruct her childhood by finding her father.
She befriends a pregnant environmental activist from California’s lost coast, Lauren, whose own dreams of glory in the Redwood Forest are crumbling as her waistline is expanding. Vietnam Veteran Grizzly Bear Garth, haunted by the blood on his own hands, has tried to absolve himself by apprehending evil at the gathering. He befriends Sapphire and his stab at fathering her backfires when he reveals the truth about himself and her father destroying Sapphire’s dreams ‘of how things should be’ forever.
Lurking in the shadows is Mole, the troubled young man Sapphire befriends. Unlike Sapphire, Mole has been abandonded by all the adults in his world and is trying to be like everyone else in this new community. Ignoring her own instincts that Mole’s troubles run deep, Sapphire fails to intervene before Mole rapes a young woman and together she and Grizzly Bear Garth respond to a tragedy that she could have prevented.
Peopled with flamboyant characters and mystical settings, in an alternative culture that emphasis self-reliance and opposes authority, Sapphire’s journey of discovery unearths for her what is important in this world while asking “Who is responsible for the children?”
Funding for completion of this novel has been graciously provided by the Elizabeth George Foundation via a 2008 grant for unpublished writers. Thank you Elizabeth George!
Check out excerpts from the novel
From Chapter One
From Chapter Three
From Chapter Six
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