Conversations at the Redwood
4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406
9781546580492, $11.99, PB, 217pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: "Conversations at the Redwood: The Portraits Speak" by James Baar is a fictional historic romp of more than 60 famous and near-famous Americans whose famous and near-famous portraits crowd the walls of the 250-year old Redwood Library in Newport, Rhode Island.
They gather there in groups to talk in the early hours before dawn. Conversationalists include U.S. Presidents and would-be Presidents, colonial governors, merchant princes, Indian chiefs, doctors, lawyers, writers, military heroes, and aristocrats among others including a Common Reader.
They discuss 21 matters of universal interest such as war and memory; law, medicine and art; the written word and religion; dynasty and aristocracy; being in second place and unintended consequences.
Baar advises that all conversations were recorded on discs at the...