Gary Graham, author of Parallels That Cross
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Gary Graham conducted research in Peru for his PhD, has worked in executive positions for conservation organizations and has published numerous scientific and popular articles plus two nonfiction books. He grew up in Louisiana and now lives in Massachusetts with his wife, an archaeologist.
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Parallels That Cross is a delightfully creative novel that takes you down literary paths like those you have explored with Barbara Kingsolver’s books. Perfect for book clubs seeking an enjoyable alternative to dystopian or fantasy novels. This novel pivots on Mica, an archaeologist, and Clay, an ornithologist, who are independently and simultaneously resolving their sex-based relationship anxieties while searching in 1982 for extraordinary treasures hidden deep in the Peruvian wilderness. Mica is exploring for an ancient city she theorizes was founded by women led by a princess daughter of Peru’s last reigning Inca ruler. Clay, working on his doctoral research on another side of the same mountain, is testing his new biodiversity model that predicts discovery of new avian species. Mica suffers from a lifelong self-doubt that she will turn out like her lesbian mother. Clay is tormented by his own nightmare that he has become his philandering dad. Packed with mesmerizing stories, breath taking adventures into beautiful settings, complex intimacy, and user-friendly science, Parallels That Cross narrates the fascinating parallel lives of Mica and Clay as they face unimaginable personal and professional challenges. Terrorists, waterfalls, catastrophes, and psychiatrists define important life thresholds that they must step through. Ultimately, they must confront whether their lives are controlled by destiny or free
January 18, 2021