“This is your last chance to do something right, son. Don’t screw it up.”
With these words ringing in his 60-year old ears, Howard Brown, Jr., sets out from Kentfield, California to find his wayward and possibly psychotic sister and return her to their dying father’s bedside. The search leads him to the Brown family’s ancestral home near St. Francisville, Louisiana, where his Southern
cousins have apparently conspired with his sister to bilk him out his inherited, potentially oil-rich property. At the same time, he discovers that a long dormant birthmark in his sternum is a portal to the land of the dead. His consciousness is suddenly inundated with terrifying visitations from a rogue’s gallery of twisted ancestors, until he fears that he is just as crazy as his sister and everybody else in their labyrinthine family. Wounded to his core, doped up and strung out, Howard discovers that his salvation is beating loud and clear within his own weary heart, and that all he has to do is listen.
"The Healing of Howard Brown is a heartrending, insightful and at times hilarious family drama. In a story that ranges across America, from northern California to Louisiana, Harrison explores the deep connections of family and long-hidden secrets that threaten those bonds. A powerful novel of loss and re-connection, The Healing of Howard Brown is also the story of one man understanding his own family's history and his own place in the world. Harrison uses a light and often humorous touch to give his characters a heartbreaking humanity: his work is often reminiscent of Pat Conroy's fraught family histories and John Irving's circuitous storytelling. However, Jeb Harrison demonstrates his own unique talents in communicating the deep ties that pull us together as family and tear us apart. A marvelous book, well worth reading for years to come."
-- Ned Hayes, bestselling author of The Eagle Tree and Sinful Folk
"Perception is more important than reality” is one of the oldest unspoken governing truths of Hollywood. In HACK, Jeb Harrison reveals how this rule also applies to the art world, and its painters, agents, and collectors, with comic and bittersweet results. Struggling painter Henry “Hack” Griffin’s brief reunion with his long time unrequited love, Hadley Scofield – and with a complex, charmingly off-beat character like Hadley, the reality is always far more complex – sets in motion a series of ever-escalating ruses that eventually exposes how all the characters in the novel are unable to perceive what is real from that which they so strongly want to be real. Harrison creates a topsy-turvy carousel of disguises, mistaken identities, lies, half-truths, misunderstood motivations, and perhaps even a fable (in the form of a quasi-mythic homeless man) then sets it spinning until it ensnares all of the characters who inhabit the Bay Area’s “see-or-be-art-scene” – from bisexual ex-wives and Marin County divorcees to gay Scottish make-up artists and a rich music video producer and his ex-WWF bodyguard. Harrison gives each of these characters enough credibility to convey that he’s obviously met and known their real counterparts in his life, and an equal amount of hyperbole that makes them both funny and sad, often at the same time. Reading HACK is like a weekend getaway in Marin County: a very enjoyable way to spend your time."
– Stan Chervin, screenwriter of Moneyball
"A wacky, twisty-turny tale of a wily artist heading off the cliff of his life."
It is a fine summer morning in San Anselmo, California and Henry Griffin, a depressed philanthropist wannabe and landscape painter, learns from his agent that a rich, famous rock star/media entrepreneur is planning to attend his art show that evening.
When the mogul arrives at the California Heritage Gallery he is accompanied by the artist’s childhood sweetheart, a woman he hasn’t seen in twenty years, except in dreams, where she appears almost nightly, a heavenly image of beauty and light. Now he is overwhelmed with desire... and despair, for she is the trophy wife of a rich man. What could she possibly see in a downtrodden, besotted artist?
The artist, in a state of love-struck dementia, hatches an outlandish scheme to win her back: he decides to fake his own death, thereby driving up the value of his portfolio. Then, under cover, he’ll continue to produce “undiscovered” work, get rich, and one day return to claim his one true love, and they’ll ride “Fat Boys” together into the sunset to live happily ever after.
Another fine title from HD Media Press