Leila and her friends are back with more adventures in Racing The Sun, a short novel and sequel to Miami Morning. Leila works to start her new group, bringing together people of varying abilities. She meets Doug, a paraplegic, who wants to design and build better wheelchairs. With Leila's support he prepares to debut his new chair at a local race.
Leila's relationship with Mark, the attractive "man with a book" evolves. With him she plans her new group, and enjoys birding in Florida's nature preserves. But he may have another love... Meanwhile, she discovers both her father and mother have secret lives. And what are those mysterious stones she finds in the local playground?
Leila’s friend Dov goes to Cuba in search of his new love, Nìco, the hunky bird guide. Cran, the father of Leila’s friend Charles, and husband of the erstwhile Berry, loves his vintage cars. After a racing accident, his life takes a different course.
Leila and Mark visit Africa where they have each worked before. Leila hopes to visit two people who greatly influenced her. And on the roads of South Africa, will she at long last see the flamingos?
Leila Payson loves her life as a high school teacher, but she is at heart an adventurer. You’ll meet her parents, her first love, her friends, and the people who influenced her most, bringing her to the present moment when she can make decisions with maturity and courage, decisions that will affect the rest of her life.
Called a genre-defying book by one reviewer, this story of the friendship between an aging Bohemian artist and a young aspiring poet from the suburbs, turns into an unexpected exploration of the psyche of both: their hopes, shortcomings, talents, and quest for enlightenment. There's hysteria and hallucination, longing and love, and dialogue about life, death, romance, and of course, intuition.
"Mary Clark's memoir underscores the miracle of unexpected relationships in transforming lives." Diane M. Denton, author
"It poses the interesting question..as to the extent to which life can become art, and how a life devoted to art can be sustained in the modern world." David Turnbull, Coaching Occupational Communities
Covenant The strength of childhood friendships is tested by family dysfunction, relocation and transience, and the changes of the 1960s. Set in semi-rural, part-suburban Florida, this novella takes the children through school integration, the plight of migrant workers, and the explosion of rock’n’roll music. In their personal lives, they deal with parental absence, divorce, and a lack of stability as their families move in search of work, or for other more suspect reasons. The specter of murder, illegal activity, and betrayal are just beneath the seemingly normal surface.
"Mary Clark has brought us an achingly beautiful chain of poems that both watch and listen: the sun, the sea, the darkness, the light, the passing of time—and the people who live among them." Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton
Now online at tenpennyplayers.org - BardPress chapbooks, Children of Light will be available in late 2017 in digital and ebook formats.
Copyright by Mary A. Clark 2017. All rights reserved.