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The HomePort Journals, A Provincetown Fantasia Paperback – 18 Mar 2015
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“Burch’s exquisite descriptions of Provincetown bring the Cape to life, and the more he reveals about the delightfully crotchety Dorrie and Lola and the effervescent, tragic Helena, the more captivating they become. . . An often vivid portrait of Provincetown life and May-December friendships. . .”
“A cockeyed, full-hearted Provincetown fantasia, The HomePort Journals combines history and romance with a dash of wit and a firm belief that in some magical places there is always a second chance—for love and for art.”
-Heidi Jon Schmidt, Author,
The House on Oyster Creek
"This is a literary work of exceptional merit. It is epic in nature, yet intensely intimate in execution, gorgeously rendered in exquisite detail, and told with heart-felt honesty. It bears a message of hope and love, compassion and tolerance, of simple joys and overcoming the roadblocks life sometimes thrusts in your path."
About the Author
A.C. Burch trained as a classical musician, coming late to a literary career. His icons run the gamut from Jane Austin to Bart Yates by circuitous way of Patrick Dennis, Agatha Christie, Walter Mosely, and especially Armistead Maupin, whose notion of the "logical family" has become a core component of A.C.'s writings. While many of his characters are LGBTQ, his passion is for those who are marginalized or misunderstood-whatever their orientation. Since 1987, A.C. has lived in Provincetown. Well known for his lack of domesticity, he frequently channels "Little Edie" Beale in moments of desperation-whether indoors or out. When not splitting wood for his vintage wood stove, A.C. splits his time between Provincetown and South Beach.
Madeline Sorel has illustrated on-going columns for the New York Times and The N.Y. Daily News as well as books for children and adults. Her work has also appeared in several national magazines. A graduate of the High School of Music & Art in NYC, Madeline received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She holds a Masters of Arts Education degree from Brooklyn College and has taught Illustration at Kingsborough Community College since 2001 as well art courses at Queens College. Work by Madeline Sorel can be found at madelinesorel.com. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The debut novel from A. C. Burch, The HomePort Journals, is a novel that eludes me in terms of genre:
There are elements of paranormality, there’s a dash of eroticism, there’s romance, there’s mystery, even a faint hint of thriller, there’s plenty of epic saga, excitement, woven together by exquisite descriptions of locations and characters that literally sprang to life before my inner eye.
I have to apologize if I didn’t know that Provincetown was a real place when I picked up the book, there is a drawn map at the beginning, and I wasn’t sure if it was aimed at making it easier to picture an imaginary place or just serve those among us geographically challenged. Turns out that Provincetown is the equivalent to Europe’s Sitges, a very real place on the Eastern Massachusetts seaboard. Sorry for my ignorance, and thank goodness for Google and maps! The reason why I googled the name of the town was because our main protagonist, Marcus, or Marc as he prefers to go by, drove all night from New York to Provincetown. Why, that you can read for yourself. It made me curious as to where the story plays out. I often do that, do get a better feel for a book.
When you start to read a new story, it usually takes you a while before you’re drawn into it, you need information about the place to get a decent picture. The HomePort Journals is no different, yet as we’re immediately thrown off the deep end and straight into action, with Marc chasing groceries on a rainy main street, the start stretch is shorter than usual. I was hooked, particularly when he returns to his hot chocolate and finds it gone, drunk by the lady he tried to help.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
Mystery, beauty, charm, but, most of all , love among these “special types of persons” who live in this glorious town “with more water than land” are revealed as you read through the pages of this book. You will wish that you could go to one of Lola’s afternoon “tea” parties to join in the conversation, meet the delightful characters, and experience the beautiful surroundings of Provincetown. Marc was correct in his musing about “the special people who live in this place” and we thank A. C. Burch for introducing them, their stories, and the beauty of Provincetown to his readers.
It’s basically a very upbeat tale, with some very funny parts, plus a totally unexpected surprise near the end.
The author, who lives in P’town himself, gives us a realistic view of this magical town. I have my own happy memories of many of the places he mentions in his book.
While you won’t find the actual Homeport building, it would surely be nice if it were really there.