No battle is greater than the one a man must forge against his past. This tale tells the story of a young writer struggling to pen anything of considerable worth amidst an immense amount of self-induced pressure and a haunted mind plagued with solitude, lost love and a jilted family. But it is that past, and an unknown bond with his deceased father that brings just the clarity he needs.
Born to small town America, Albers struck out on his own at 25 to try his hand in the Nashville, TN music scene. Along the way, he began compiling poetic and prose works. Two novellas and a compilation of poetry are now available on Goodreads and Amazon.
Albers has given us an insight into a writer who had the misfortune to be successful once, and then be unable to repeat that success, and unable to stop trying. There is obsession in this story, a chain-smoking, sometimes over-drinking, individual who has cut himself off from a family that clearly resents this detachment.
Even more complicated, the ‘hero’ has an unfortunate romantic past, and keeps dreaming about the missing Amy. I know few writers who could match Albers’ handling of these dream sequences. While not overly racy, this is a story for adults.There is irony as Michael, the writer, learns the true life situation of the tenant below him, whose children play noisily for a short time on a reliable timetable. There is a girl who decides to chat up this once-famous writer with startling consequences, immediately, and later on. Albers’ hero definitely grows as the tale unwinds.As for the title, the circles have many meanings. You will find them ground by a coin into a table. You will find them in the visited family. You will find them in airplanes needing to land. And finally, you will come full circle as Albers finishes up his story with some, but not all, of the missing ends tied up. Neat, but not too neat and definitely not too pat. Again, this is a good, well-told story.