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The Timekeeper's Son


The Timekeeper's Son

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A small Southern town. A restless boy. An embittered father. And late one night, a careless mistake.

Aspiring teenage filmmaker Josh Lovejoy, uncharacteristically high one night, hits a jogger. It is not any jogger, but David Masters, a popular local activist in the small town of Milledge, Georgia. The accident puts Masters in the hospital in a coma, and shatters the fragile equilibrium of the Lovejoy family. Josh's father, Hal, a clockmaker who keeps timepieces running with a passion he fails to bring to his marriage, retreats to his clock shop. Helen Lovejoy, a dedicated mother and amateur painter, falls into a depression. A shocked Josh reluctantly takes up his court-ordered community service work with disabled children. Meanwhile, comatose David is visited by the ghost of singer Peggy Lee, while his childless wife, Meg, an elementary school teacher, tries to imagine her life without him. In her grief, Meg becomes obsessed with the Lovejoy family. 

As the adults around him try to find their footing, Josh indulges in dreams of his future as a famous filmmaker. In love with an unstable girl and estranged from his parents, Josh follows her to New York City, where, overwhelmed, he makes a fateful decision that puts him beyond the help of those who love him. 

Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights era and the fraying social net of the New South, The Timekeeper’s Son weaves the lives of these five characters together exposing hidden learning disabilities, broken dreams, complicated relationships, and communication difficulties. It explores themes of grief and forgiveness, isolation and connection, masks and disguises, all while depicting its characters’ lives with tender intimacy. Written with a poet’s sensibility to language and imagery, with impeccable pacing, and with elements of both the thriller and magical realism, this is a singular novel not to be missed.

"A community icon vital to a troubled Georgia town is left comatose by an impaired 17-year-old driver and thus begins this tale that underscores how a single tragic moment can send ripples of change through the lives and futures of those at the scene, their families and friends, and even those they've yet to meet. With the precision of a clockmaker, Sara Baker has set into place the gears that move her characters from a horrific incident, through the inevitable mazes that comprise life after, to the satisfying ending of a father/son story framed by loss and recovery."

 — Suzanne Strempek Shea, prizewinning author of Make a Wish, But Not for Money

Paperback | ISBN 978-1-944193-56-0 | 418 Pages
FICTION / Coming of Age

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