• A young author/illustrator’s creative life goes off the rails. He is unaware that anything is changing.
• An aspiring singer/songwriter hears the longings of unfulfilled destinies.
• A timeless ecological concept leads to a new, universal plant-based currency that anyone can grow in their vegetable garden.
Children embrace the idea.
A novel by Robert M Gerson
Praise for Life: part-time
Robert Gerson employs elements of magical realism and mysticism to explore a man’s path back to creativity and purposeful living. The author provides an engaging blend of dreamlike prose with clear exposition and impactful dialogue.
This novel takes a unique approach to exploring ideas relating to life purpose, disillusionment, and the tensions between inner desires and practical needs. Readers will readily empathize with Nicholas Affini as he takes a metaphysical journey into his past and to his subconscious self. Additional characters effectively serve the fable-like aspects of the narrative.
— The BookLife Prize by Publishers Weekly
More praise for Life: part-time
Amazon & Goodreads Verified Reviews
Very thoughtful look at the life of an Artist. Complex characters and vivid descriptions of the beautiful Santa Barbara community.Traveling back to 1979 while reading this book will certainly stir memories for all of us who shared that era. The music, the food and the emerging technologies are blended together to create a picture of a simpler time gradually transitioning to a world where creativity is being pushed to the side. We all need to keep our creative minds flowing.
— Victoria’s Bookshelf
This is a totally unique tale that defies categories.
Part romantic comedy, part spiritual wisdom, part sci-fi, part poetry, part travel and leisure. It’s sweet, charming, dramatic, multi-colored and adventurous. From the beginning, the novel feels like it’s telling a story of youthful love and personal growth. But be prepared for some metaphysical surprises that force us to examine our own lives and whether we are living our fullest, truest life. There are some very original concepts in this writing.
I have a strong feeling that parts of this book will stay with me for a long time.
— Rebecca Ortega-Guttman