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"Some might call it a stillpoint in one's life, others a pause in time-a soulful replenishment, rebirth. Without it, there can be no quality of life. With it, life becomes what it's called to be...like the quarter rest in music, it provides silence beofre sound. A stillpoint it the comma in the middle of one's life, sleep before awakening."
Sam Barsby knows full well the meaning of the words above, but it seemingly took him a lifetime to achieve such understanding. As the main character in Stillpoint, Sam experience all that life has to offer, from joyous ecstacy to downtrodden despair, and comes away knowing a deep sense of personal connection so many fail to achieve.
Through the author's vivid imagery and stellar storytelling, readers are immediately drawn to Sam as a sympathetic and sensitive human being. There is early compassion for the loss of loved ones in Sam's young life, just as there is a growth of strength and maturity as Sam experiences war, love and one other very special event that will change his life forever!
Kowal's first novel is a delicious combination of etheral inspiration mixed with "down-home" and " down under" appeal. From Sam's humble beginnings in rural St. Albans Bay, Vermont to his adopted home in picturesque Mullumbimby, Australia and places in between, the story embraces an ordinary man's journey in extraordinary times. One cannot help but come away from this heartfelt tale without the overwhelming desire to seek out one's own "stillpoint," and thereby feel much better for having done so.