Gravel Shoulders (Paperback)
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Gravel Shoulders is a fictionalized memoir. Fast moving and superbly written, Lawrence David Brown lets his protagonist tell the tale: a modern ballet dancer named Harry who drops out of Manhattan to hitchhike across 1972 America. While searching for missing pieces of his life, Harry runs into Kate, a reluctant hitchhiker who triggers old regrets. As the journey unfolds, Harry oscillates from present to past desperate to resolve nagging fears about his future as a dancer. Brown is a former professional dancer and offers this fictionalized autobiography about a pivotal crisis during Woodstock and the Vietnam War. During those uncertain times, Brown reflects on his 1950's childhood in Sacramento, California, boarding school on the Jersey Shore, College in Lynchburg, Virginia and the beginning of his dance career in Manhattan.
About the Author
Lawrence David Brown grew up near the American River in 1950's Sacramento, California. A precocious solitary kid, Brown spent much time exploring the river or immersed in music. After college, Brown moved to Manhattan as a professional dancer then years later went into graphic arts and design. A compulsive letter writer, Brown began contributing essays to National Public Radio in the 1990's and later took a job as a newspaper columnist for the Cumberland Times News. Now retired, Brown is working on his second book and works part time as a performing arts photographer for Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Virginia. Hobbies include performing music at local restaurants and traveling the back roads of the American west.