In the great tradition of Southern Literature storytelling, Nashville Skyline is an inspirational novel which deals with the pain of loss, one's search for self, and the never-ending question, "Does God Exist?" It is the 1980's and John Gabriel "Gabe" Rutherford, an emergency physician living in exile on a houseboat, is trapped in the nightmares of the past whether it be reliving his Father's suicide or charging on Yankee breastworks at the Battle of Franklin. Gabe's greatest hope for survival in this world is his true love, Elizabeth Halcyonn Morgan, who goes by the nickname Sis. Gabe and Sis previously had consummated their love by exchanging vows and silver rings by candlelight, but now after 5 years, they are still unmarried. As Gabe's spiritual self spirals downward in an ever widening gyre, he discovers that he is destined for the same fate as his Father. In the dramatic conclusion, we learn that life has meaning, that our world has a caring God, and that life does offer second chances.
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My first reaction to Nashville Skyline, my gut response, was that I didn¿t like it at all. After becoming very acquainted with the substantial blessings of the main character, Harvard educated Dr. Gabe Rutherford; it is maddening to see him treat them with such carelessness. I think however that to illicit such a visceral emotional response from the reader is prima fascia evidence of a fine, well written story. The journey through loss, acceptance, and redemption, seasoned with love, anger and regret, ultimately creates a mixture and taste that is immediately identified. Often times the gravity of an event in one¿s life is so great that it determines the shape of that artist`s work. The strength needed to acknowledge and use that gravity to propel a story, is quite extraordinary. When that event is a loved one¿s suicide, the strength needed is almost unfathomable. Ultimately, I believe that Dr. Fesmire was able to imbue his main character Dr. Rutherford with that same strength that leads to acceptance and faith.