Thistledown

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Thistledown is Pilgrim's Progress meets the Age of Aquarius meets The Waltons. The story of a naïve young man who meets, then loses a magical woman who transforms his life, Thistledown follows Fred Bradley from his childhood as an intellectual outcast in suburban Detroit, through his tumultuous years as a student at Michigan State University in the early 70's, to his adulthood as a husband and father, an itinerant preacher, and a reputed mage and murderer in rural Kentucky. Throughout Fred's journey, Amber, the ...
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Overview

Thistledown is Pilgrim's Progress meets the Age of Aquarius meets The Waltons. The story of a naïve young man who meets, then loses a magical woman who transforms his life, Thistledown follows Fred Bradley from his childhood as an intellectual outcast in suburban Detroit, through his tumultuous years as a student at Michigan State University in the early 70's, to his adulthood as a husband and father, an itinerant preacher, and a reputed mage and murderer in rural Kentucky. Throughout Fred's journey, Amber, the magical friend of his childhood, reappears at moments of crisis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595308149
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/22/2004
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2004

    Sweet story

    Thistledown is a sweet novel about first love, true love, and the twists of fate in all our lives. In Thistledown, the author tells the story of Fred, who finds his first love, and grows up with her. She chooses a different path for her life, and they part at college. There Fred meets his true love and marries her. Throughout his married life, Amber, his first love, reappears in his life. She is embraced as family, as her need for that family is seen as no threat to it, and is made better by her inclusion. The true star of this story is Amber. She is the free spirit whose story is never quite revealed. We actually get to know her best through her poetry, included in the novel. Fred is stalwart - a good father and husband, and his wife is good and kind. Their children seek their own paths, and stumble upon difficulties, but eventually do find their own ways as well. The story is one we can all identify with. An easy-to-read novel, Thistledown will touch something in everyone's heart. There does await a second novel to be written - that of Amber's story. I hope the author has that one in the works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2004

    'When the Unfairness of Life is Trumped by the Surprises of Fate...'

    Every heart has that one special attraction for another¿two kindred spirits which fate mysteriously draws toward polarity, but which, because of time and circumstance, sometimes never bond into that love of a lifetime. Such spirits are Amber and Fred¿friends from early childhood¿yet destined to separated lives. Amber is the carefree spirit who, in a mysterious change of plans, cannot follow Fred, the love of her youth, to Michigan State University. For Amber, there are simply too many things in the world she must see¿and a secret of her youth she must keep. Like the thistledown which blows unpredictably in the wind, Amber appears and reappears throughout the novel until `something in new England¿ casts a dark shadow across her life. Fred, in contrast, adopts the more traditional lifestyle, though he never fully escapes the inner conflict between loving the mother of his children, and loving the girl of his childhood. Alike¿and yet not¿Fred and Amber are two Tolkien aficionados who are forced to deal with the choices they sow, and futures they reap. It is the divergent paths of these two kindred spirits which provide the background for Thistledown, as the two mature amidst the changing eras from the 60's through the present. The author has skillfully interwoven humor, tragedy, spirituality and the occult, into a narrative of love, love lost and love regained. His firsthand knowledge of the Kentucky setting lends a valuable measure of realism to the story, and especially intriguing is his development of Amber¿s often-cryptic poetry which both reveals and conceals critical elements in the plot. The novel is divided into fifty, easy-read chapters, which carry the reader swiftly through two generations. But above all, Thistledown reminds us with subtle poignancy that the unfairness of life is often trumped by the surprises of fate, and that we never know what tomorrow may bring.

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