Seduction of a Wanton Dreamer: A Fable.

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Richard Beeson; SEDUCTION OF A WANTON DREAMER: A FABLE; Booksurge Publishing (Fiction) $23.99 ISBN: 9781439202715

Tony Fellows theater director and would-be novelist finds himself immersed in a dream from which he cannot awake when his wife of twenty-five years leaves him. Convinced that she will return he decides to write a novel while he waits. He leaves New York for Sag Harbor in hopes that the isolation will reconnect him with his creativity. On his first day he meets Loretta Whitby an eccentric woman with pet geese who becomes his landlady. She offers to be his muse and promises Tony that he will only see results if he agrees to do the things she requests. Loretta sees herself as an unofficial New Age mystic and uses hypnosis past life regression and sex to compel Tony to write the book of his dreams. It works--until he discovers something crucial that Loretta has kept from him. Tony goes to great lengths to keep her despite what he now knows. When his plan doesn't work Tony goes into a tailspin and leaves town.

Reeling from his Sag Harbor experience Tony spends a month on the Alean Highway en route to the Gulf of Alaska. Obsessed with finding an island he dreamed of off the Alaska coast (which locals say doesn't exist) he eventually runs low on funds and becomes homeless. He hallucinates that he is trapped in the Afterjoint--a purgatory for departed souls. It's here that he meets a new creative force and although she looks different she's much like Loretta. Tony continues to loose touch with reality and his dreams become more frequent and longer. His setting has changed but he is unable to see that the...

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