William Wyrd, an introverted history professor at long remove from his youthful days as a Marine sniper, is drafted to serve overseas in the U.S. military at age thirty-nine. Already in a relationship made tenuous by the demands of dual professional careers and their own dearth of interpersonal experience, he and his wife are completely estranged by the blunder on the part of the government. But is this merely human error at work, a bad mix of circumstances—or tangling of the skein of Fate? In the tradition of Robert Ludlum’s Bourne Identity and follow-up novels, this literary action-adventure tale tests whether one’s present choices, and even ultimate destiny, need be determined by one’s past.
CLOTHO’S LOOM tracks the struggles of a husband and wife to reunite against forces arrayed to keep them apart. Will decides to keep his reactivation a secret, and deal with the claims from his dark past alone. Assured by faceless authorities that there has been no mistake, and given a date to report, he falls in with political undesirables and succumbs to their attempt to recruit him. He soon embarks on a quest for identity that leads him around the globe. Meanwhile, his partner, pregnant and abandoned, must navigate the no-less-treacherous task of survival at a highly politicized law office, dominated by two temperamentally opposite bosses, and the glass ceiling they erect over her. The narrative proceeds in an alternating chapter structure, paralleling Will’s masculine adventures with those of a woman enduring both professional and domestic perils. The common solution: a razing of egos, and the tempering of two spirits into alloy, alchemized by the common love of a child.
Targeted Age Group: adult
After years of teaching college courses about gender, I wanted to tell a story in which both a man and woman each faced challenges, and handled them in gender specific-ways.
Why did you decide to produce an audio book?
To reach a wider audience–I enjoy listening to audiobooks when I travel, and I know others do too.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
The novel gains much depth from the proper inflection of the sentences–as the author, I felt I was best equipped to do that.
Software and editing are even more difficult than the laying down of tracks–be prepared to spend 2-3 times the effort in post-production that you spend recording! What else would you like to share with readers about your audio book?
There are two samples: a seven minute version (here) and a twelve-minute version on Soundcloud. Contact Shawn StJean for details on obtaining the entire novel.