Waking Up at Rembrandt’s is a new kind of tale of spiritual awakening, a celebration of the senses as well as the spirit.
Thomas Lloyd Qualls combines prose and poetry, spirit and matter, and dreams and reality, in a manner that is at once unconventional and irresistible.
When you step into the sanctuary of cafe rembrandt, you enter a world where whipping fresh cream is an act of poetry and pouring a drink is an act of faith. With a voice that is at once prophetic, immediate and lyrical, a woman who is equal parts purveyor of spirits and spiritual guru takes us on a different kind of journey. The adventure winds its way down the paths of three lives in transition – each spirited, each uniquely human.
Maggie is a lawyer who, while trying to save her clients’ lives, has given up her own. Phillip is a waiter and aspiring writer who can’t find his voice. And Dillon is an overeducated vagabond with a bad case of heartbreak. In negotiating the landscape of their lives, each of them has lost hope. As they begin to wake up, we, too, are awakened from our slumber.