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While Steve Macks sails alone across Lake Michigan battered by wind and waves, Dreams of Life moves back and forth in time. Beginning with his father’s mysterious suicide in a cold Iowa barn, Steve perseveres through the painful experiences of his youth with charm, humor, and a façade of confidence. These traits gain him success as a man, but a man who feels undeserving of love. Just when he finally overcomes this, Steve’s past seems to repeat. He descends into a despair that he hides from everyone and intentionally sets sail alone into a storm, not caring if he perishes. Steve survives his perilous voyage to find the prophetic power of dreams offering a path to restore his vibrant spirit. But to take this path, he must trust a woman he rejected thirteen years ago because he felt unworthy of her, and follow psychic guidance he doubts, as the way to uncover his buried memories and the dark secrets behind the untimely deaths in his family.
What Others are Saying About Dreams of Life
“Ron Miles travels far in illuminating, in poetic, action-driven prose, a region of America in which stoic means strong. I feel confident Miles has what it takes to go the distance as a crafter of novels with widespread appeal: for men, revealing a tender, harsh world too little discussed, and for women, helping to explain some of the men in their lives.” — Edie Meidav author and winner of the Kafka award for fiction and Bard Fiction Prize.
“Searching for the next great read is an endless desperation for so many of us, but for now, your search is over. Ron Miles delivers with this all-consuming story that is painful, personal, uplifting, and very real. It reveals the secrets of three generations of families drawn together by an act of kindness. The journey takes us where life lessons are learned through our willingness to take the road less traveled.” — D’Ann Garcia, youth crisis counselor
“Dreams of Life is a well written novel beautifully executed in a credible, inspiring, and sometimes humorous story. Vivid experiences and characters that carry the reader on an emotional journey, a plethora of mysteries, and twists and turns of plot make this a page-turner.” — Susan Efros, editor of This Is Women’s Work and award-winning author of short stories.