A daring, original novel.
“Be free or be dead.”
WELCOME TO BREEZEWOOD, the debut novel by David Sturm, is a wildly imaginative speculative tale that weaves fiction with American history. Following a blow to the head, Harold Worthington awakens to find reality unfolding before his eyes. He meets, and soon joins, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, jazz musician Robert Parker, and an intriguing Quaker named Elizabeth. Together, they wage a desperate battle to transport a group of freed slaves being hunted by their former masters. As Harold is propelled through different periods of time, the scenery changes, but the conflict wages on. How will it all end?
Softcover. 154 pages.
REVIEWS OF BREEZEWOOD:
Just wanted to let you know that I am thoroughly enjoying “Welcome to Breezewood”. Picked up on a whim and it’s fantastic. Thanks for putting out quality work and bringing it to the masses. Otherwise where could we find such gems? Will be buying “What Kind of F…?” Keep up the good reads.
I can’t remember when I’ve had such fun inside of a book or when I’ve ever read such detailed descriptions of characters. And this book HAS some characters! The picture that Sturm paints is so vivid you can almost touch it. Sturm takes you on a dream-like escapade through time and territories making the reader look forward to the next page (isn’t that what it’s all about?). I was a huge Vonnegut fan in the 60s and 70. Sturm’s style is reminiscent of Vonnegut yet entirely new and refreshing. Read it and see what you think!
In his novel Welcome to Breezewood, author David Sturm evokes journeys where geography is mutable and time is slippery. Harold Worthington is on the run when his car breaks down here. A blow to the head miraculously leaves him with no sign of injury, but oddly elsewhere. He finds himself in 1933, in a joint where jazz musician Robert Parker is singing “Cross Road Blues” and musing about how the devil himself likes crossroads. Harold observes couple of armed men in an antique truck going about their business in the middle of the night. And Harold keeps moving, through time, place and history. Past lives burst forth. Today’s Breezewood had been on a trail for Native Americans, a stopping place Westward bound wagons, and a way station on the underground railroad, and the reality of those travelers is just a dream away. Virtuous, villainous, eccentric and homicidal folks, who volunteer pithy philosophies, are among Harold’s companions. He travels with an abolitionist named Elizabeth, the iconic Harriet Tubman and a group of brave people escaping bondage. As in most dreams, there are outrageous and humorous moments, like the time the motorcycle gang confronts British soldiers, and Harold’s offbeat encounters with his own pursuers. It’s a grandly imaginative tale, thoughtful, skillfully crafted, and gracefully written.
Breezewood moves like DaVinci Code and is a fast and righteous read. I liked that from the minute I opened it up I was caught and pulled through straight to the end. I love the magical realism and the social justice aspects of the novel. The story kept me guessing and excited. Sturm’s main character is a likable rogue, and I loved seeing how much trouble he could get himself into. It would make a great movie!
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