Kerouac’s Ghost: A Novel

 
Overview

Frankie McCracken is still recovering from the Psychedelic Sixties when, while working as a fire lookout in the Canadian Rockies, he finds himself wrestling with a miracle-worker who claims to be the late Jack Kerouac, King of the Beats. This kaleidoscopic coming-of-age novel arrives in 2016 like a note in a bottle from a distant world. Fiction writer Matt Cohen hailed this work as "an unrepentant blast from the past." It juggles timelines and narrators, asserts that Kerouac was bigger than Beat, and celebrates his French-Canadian roots. This revised edition is the definitive version of a favorite novel. It inspired a song, also called Kerouac’s Ghost.

 

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Chasing Safiya

 
Overview

Chasing Safiya is a millennial quest novel with a supernatural dimension. The story opens in San Francisco, where journalist Bernie Lanigan survives a car accident, a Near Death Experience, and a visitation from his dead wife, Behroze. She tells him that to revive their young daughter, who lies in a coma as a result of the accident, Bernie must embark on a bizarre around-the-world adventure, a “metaphysical scavenger hunt” to gather fire-worthy souvenirs from sixteen scattered cities -- and then purify one of these mementoes in a sacred fire guarded by a mighty Shaman.

Sailing out of New York on a freighter, the reluctant Bernie meets Safyia Naidoo, an award-winning Canadian novelist whose given name means wisdom or clear mindedness, and her traveling companion, Taggart Oates, a middle-aged English author famous for his controversial occult thrillers. These two are also seeking the golden flame. With them, Bernie forms an uneasy alliance – one troubled by his increasingly complex relationship with Safyia.

While gathering the requisite souvenirs in Spain, Italy, Greece, Syria, Sri Lanka, India, and Tanzania Bernie gets caught up in the timeless struggle between good and evil. He battles would be death-dealers known as the Chinvat and contends with Zoroastrianism, synchronicity, Friedrich Nietzsche, existentialism, Carl Jung, high-voltage sex, Taoism, archetypal experience, western shamanism, astral projection, Buddhism, debilitating jealousy, psychic healing, and sundry Swahili proverbs only to be sorely tested at the Bridge of Judgment.

In Chasing Safiya, magic realism meets contemporary urban fantasy. Author Ken McGoogan adds a postcolonial sensibility, a neo-Beatific joi de vivre and a wry sense of humor to create a wacky picaresque which proves that clear-mindedness rules, great sex transmogrifies, and magic is alive.

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Book # 15

 
Overview

Book # 15 is a brilliant ghost-written memoir, but to reveal its title would give the game away.

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Calypso Warrior

 
Overview

Set mostly in Montreal, partly in Greece, and with echoes of the Caribbean, Calypso Warrior is a molotov cocktail of sex, lies and language laws.

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