The Lily Cafe is pleased to spotlight a fiction book that highlights mental health, especially as it pertains to auditory hallucinations, Flame Vine by Charles Porter!
Title: Flame Vine
Author: Charles Porter
Publication date: June 12, 2017
About the Book
Aubrey Shallcross is a car dealer/saloon singer/rodeo rider/poet whose posse of pals calls itself the Blue Goose Bunch after the bar where they all hang out. A tightly-woven tale with themes of self-erasure, fear, hallucination and the joys in between, Flame Vine carries the reader through the life of Aubrey Shallcross, a life which happens to be punctuated by schizophrenic episodes shared by Triple Suiter and Amper Sand, the voices in Aubrey’s head. Join Aubrey and the Blue Goose Bunch as they struggle to make sense of the Florida landscape – complete with gorgeous spoonbills, Freon huffers, serial killers, Vietnam vets, and difficult women – that is their birthright.
Flame Vine is the second novel in Charles Porter’s Hearing Voices series, the prequel to the first novel, The Blind Cathedral. Both can be read on their own.
About Charles Porter
Born in 1944, Charles Porter grew up in Stuart, FL, on the St. Lucie River in the same old wooden house where his father was born. He graduated from Belmont Abbey college with a degree in philosophy, traveled for two years around the United States in a camper pickup truck, and went to work in his father’s lumber yard following his father’s untimely death in 1963. From a young age Porter trained western horses, worked on a cattle ranch, competed in reining at local rodeos while he fed a deep love of music and poetry placing him on stage for a time, as a singer/songwriter. In 1988, when he sold the lumber company, his interest in the sport of dressage grew, and now he devotes much of his time to schooling, coaching, and the buying and selling of imported horses at Peak Rock Farm. Porter lives in Loxahatchee, FL, and South Dartmouth, MA.
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Thank you so much to author Charles Porter and publicist Penny Sansevieri!
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