"Robert Gerson employs elements of magical realism and mysticism to explore a man’s path back to creativity and purposeful living. The author provides an engaging blend of dreamlike prose with clear exposition and impactful dialogue.
This novel takes a unique approach to exploring ideas relating to life purpose, disillusionment, and the tensions between inner desires and practical needs. Readers will readily empathize with Nicholas Affini as he takes a metaphysical journey into his past and to his subconscious self. Additional characters effectively serve the fable-like aspects of the narrative."
— The BookLife Prize by Publishers Weekly
The power within seeds, artwork, gardening, design, creativity, songwriting, and money intersects in a life-transforming story about relationships and life choices.
At the beginning of his career, Nicholas Affini, an author/illustrator, invents a nature-based currency while working on a children’s book about ecology. The global potential and power of his plant-based idea overwhelms him. He abandons his entrepreneurial future and spends the next two years consumed by his job as a marketing art director in the gadgets and gifts mail-order catalog business. That one simple choice unleashes a life-disrupting force around him.
Nicholas encounters Paige Santrelle, an aspiring songwriter. Their chance meeting unlocks a creative connection nurtured by their shared passion for music and art. As their relationship develops, Paige attracts an enigmatic presence that seems to know everything about Nicholas and his internal struggles. Although initially thrown by the experience, she decides to explore her connection to this mystifying being. During an endless California summer, Paige finds herself on a quest to reconnect Nicholas to his original gifts and life purpose, which are critical to his survival and future.
Life: part-time is a magical realism fable about loss, love, and rediscovering the personal courage required to living a meaningful life, filled with supportive friendships that inspire creativity.
What if you had a once-in-a-lifetime idea that could help people live a meaningful, productive life, but did nothing with your idea?