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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Women
  • Language:English
  • Pages:338
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667836959

Lily & Blue

A Tale of Lost and Found

by Barbara J. Weigel

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A brave and deeply moving novel of a young woman's modern-day mythic journey. Nineteen-year-old Lily lives at the intersection of the human, animal and natural worlds. Unconventional and emotionally bruised from an unloved childhood, Lily spends years wandering California and the Southwest searching for self. Always by Lily's side is Blue, the most soulful dog you will ever meet. An unforgettable character, he narrates key episodes with effervescent dog wisdom and great humor. Along the way Lily drifts into relationships which she keeps or leaves by the wayside. When her vagabond life spirals out of control due to depression fueled by drugs and alcohol, she is confronted with her dark night of the soul. Will Lily survive? Will Blue? This gritty fictional memoir offers a harrowing and inspirational experience of loss, love, and the power to heal.
The love between a troubled young woman and her dog is at the heart of this inspirational and quirky story. At nineteen, Lily is lost. Surviving a loveless childhood in suburban Los Angeles, Lily sets off on her own multi-year version of a walkabout. A self-described bookworm and nature nut, Lily lives with one foot in the real world and the other in the mystical and wondrous natural world. More at home with animals than with most humans, she explores California's mountains and coastal beach towns. After finding Blue, a puppy who was beaten and left to die in a dumpster, they become inseparable. Blue's and Lily's life together careens back and forth from California to the Southwest. Fueled by drugs and alcohol, Lily falls into a depression and forgets about the people who love her and those she loves, including Blue. When he almost dies, Lily is shaken to the core and knows her apathetic life must change. She and Blue find an isolated, idyllic California river to camp beside for the summer. With weeks of swimming in the river and sleeping under the stars, they become strong and healthy…until they are confronted with a shocking and violent experience. Will Lily survive? Will Blue? In Lily's search for salvation, she meets Norma, the mother she never had; Ethan Tanaka, a dedicated artist in New Mexico; and Big Mac, a hunk of a man who knows himself and his boundaries; plus the array of animals who come alive on these pages. This novel is a spirited and haunting outsider story of resilience and hope.
About the author
A lifelong artist, parent, teacher, and rescuer of many dogs, Barbara's respect for the natural world weaves through her life and work. Her first book, i am the road, is an eclectic memoir of writing and paintings. She lives at the edge of the Pacific. Lily & Blue is her first novel.