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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris, Corp. (September 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441574751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441574756
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,822,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles Shoemake, born near Big Foot Texas and educated at the University of Texas, managed and developed missile and tracking systems software for the aerospace industry. Spooks hovered above that opus. He forsook that sphere to write and develop The Butterfly Field near Thornburg, Virginia. Hobbies include gardening; building design, construction, and furnishing; shooting; writing; and art and antique collecting. He animates his female sculptures through prose and juxtaposition of complementary art and found objects. Charles and wife Ellen are currently constructing a nymphaeum on their 56 acre farm where flora and fauna flourish.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Shoemake on October 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
This novel will make you laugh, cry and get angry. It is well written with insights into the minds and lives of others. You may even see yourself in there somewhere. Each year over 450,000 people with diabetis loose their limbs. Tens of thousands more loose limbs due to warfare and accidents. Melissa and Ed deal with this problem while affirming their love. Their sculptures come alive and provide many heartening moments. Tall tales eminating from their workers add humor to the opus. As they develop The Butterfly Field they develop a further understanding of each other and share their love. Read it and weap, laugh, and get angry at the medical and legal professions which they battle in a vigorous lawsuit.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roberta A. Brieden on November 11, 2009
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This book offers insight into the pain,suffering,mental turmoil of dealing with a spouse's illness and eventual death. As the writer experiences the stages of grief, he elightens us on the emotional rollercoaster he must ride everyday.He is alive. He is in pain. He needs to love and be loved. As he encounters people, he finds ways to express himself through touch, laughter, anger, and dreams. Other people may not understand his actions, but each action is a part of his healing. Eventhough he longs for his wife to be healed, he knows it will not happen. He must survive on his own.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Kushner on December 27, 2009
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This is an amazing saga on many levels: it is a description of true devotion, an unflinching expose on the failings of our medical system, and a portrayal of the resilience of spirit as Charles comes to terms with life, difficulty and death. The full spectrum of emotions are all here, giving breadth and lightness. Growth, achieved through riding the emotional waves towards self-knowledge and acceptance, is hard-won but ultimately the only positive outcome of dealing with such adversity.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jo Nell Robertson on October 31, 2009
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Most enjoyable book. Knowing the outcome of Melissa makes one sad. However, the time spent on the Butterfly Farm and building the home and farm outbuildings is enlightening and humorous. The events detailed in dealing with hospitals, doctors, and eventually lawyers is something most families experience. The vocabulary and flow of the book is excellent.
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