I’ve been asked this question a number of times about the book I’m writing, Soledad Savant, and have always stumbled on giving an articulate description of the book, a synopsis. So I decided to write out, in simplest terms, what I am writing about :
The story centers around a protagonist, told from the first person perspective, who is lost in life and looking for some kind of meaning. Having battled depression and affliction his entire life, he lives in a cycle of bad relationships, working unfulfilling jobs, and drifts from place to place over the course of his life, looking for the reason and purpose of his existence and the tools to mend the wounds of his heart and mind. The story follows him, after suffering a failed marriage and leaving a job he no longer finds joy in, from the cold snowy mountains of Alaska, down the west coast on the hitch, where he eventually connects with Jasmine Rosetti, an old friend of whom he had been corresponding with over the last few months. A love interest develops, is pursued and in glorious elation, embraced in an explosive meeting of romance and passion in the streets and hotel rooms of San Francisco and the majestic coast north. But the girl of whom he rests his heart-yearning salvation on is also afflicted from a previous divorce. Her own afflictions create another great wound in his heart, and at a point in his life when he no longer has the strength to endure another wound of this nature. His world, without the defense of home or the safety net of his friends and family, unravels as he falls first into depression, and finally into madness. The streets come to life with angels and demons, a great battle for his heart in the random conversations and experiences of his lost and wandering days. The crescendo of the storm finally comes when he is faced with the greatest of desolations in his heart, and then finds salvation in the strangest of places, in the faces of strangers, and from ghosts who have haunted his dreams.