Ring of Stars

Ring of Stars

by Richard Sanford

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BN ID: 2940044793095
Publisher: Richard Sanford
Publication date: 08/15/2012
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 504 KB

About the Author

Richard Sanford came of age in the sixties in a small town in the Deep South suspended in time and haunted with stories. In Chicago, he was an editor of Banyan Press, which published and hosted readings by Charles Wright, Sandra Cisneros, Galway Kinnell, and many others. He is the author of four published novels, poetry, short stories, and a play. Today he makes his home in the Pacific Northwest, east of Seattle. Novels • Ring of Stars • Long Time Gone • Roadkill • The Calling

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Walker Beale, a marketing executive at a computer games company, had a remarkable memory—especially of going to drive-in theaters with his parents, lying on the hood of their car, and feeling the projector light over them as if it was a huge white river. He even remembered the smells that came from the concession stands, like those in county fairs. He recalled hitting baseballs in the back yard. And all of this while feeling perfectly safe. Walker yearned for that time when kids could walk alone and go to the corner for a root beer float and safely make it home. That was better than the evening news reporting: “Two shot on the North side.” There were a lot of drive-ins in that era, and there was a general spirit of kindness and generosity. People helped each other out, and that orientation of peacefulness and cooperation was America. No looking over your shoulder. Just looking forward to going to the drive-in. Then one day at his company, Walker was informed that the creative, stimulating work he had been doing was going to be outsourced to another company. The company was going in a different direction, a very dark direction. Its new goals were out of sync with Walker’s, and he felt it as a death of a kind. If he remained and went along with the new agenda, he felt he would be guilty by association. He made a difficult but courageous decision; he would leave the company and build a drive-in movie theater as a way of getting back to an earlier time… a community of consciousness, not turf, not political ads or attacks. Where people would not have to worry about their kids or friends being the latest victims of random acts of violence, where intelligence and good intentions meant everything. For Walker, the drive-in was much more than a movie venue, it was the full experience, a way of getting back to a place in the heart. This is one of the most thought-provoking novels I have read. It is a call to all of us in this land to stop the violence, the assassinations, that have overtaken our culture. Thank you, Mr. Sanford, for reminding us of what could be.