When Arthur Benjamin steps from a Greyhound bus in Savannah, Georgia, he is immediately robbed by an affable street magician named Hamby Cahill.
It is Hamby’s first act of thievery and the remorse of it so overwhelms him that he finds lodging for Arthur in The Castle, a warehouse supposedly owned by Melinda McFadden, an eccentric and fragile grande dame of imagined aristocracy who is known as Lady to the strange assembly of street people she has arbitrarily selected to be her Guests.
There, Arthur finds his family – an ex-con shoplifter, a disgruntled seamstress, a young artist suspected of being a hooker, and a former boxer known as Lightning.
For Arthur, it is the company that will change his life, as he, in turn, will change the lives of everyone he encounters.
Yet, he does not know he will become entangled with political arrogance over a minor traffic mishap, or be targeted for brutality.
He does not know he will encounter Wally Whitmire, proponent of the Destiny of the Dominoes, or that he will become an unqualified mayoral candidate put forth to serve as an irritant to the incumbent, Harry Geiger.
And he does not know he will be looked upon by the people of Savannah -- fortunate and unfortunate, alike -- as an icon, a beloved figure who wears a cape of invented royalty and distributes paper flowers made of cocktail napkins as gifts of comfort.
He knows only that he has found his place and his purpose.
(Publication Date: Spring, 2016, by Mercer University Press)
The King Who Made Paper Flowers is a parable for our time. Beautiful characters. Prophetic it is...a gift. It should be required reading for anyone even considering public office. There are simply not enough flowers or flower-makers to go around in these contentious and barbaric times.
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