Felix and Eve
Felix and Eve are two people from very different generations that live together for the summer. The elderly Felix hires Eve to be a live-in caregiver while he recovers from heart bi-pass surgery.
Eve is a self reliant vagabond with counterculture values who lives in the moment while Felix is an unyielding man who is set in his ways. He tells her about when he worked for the notorious Al Capone. More
“Felix and Eve”, a fictionalized memoir, is about two people that come together who seem to be the exact opposite of each other. Eve is traveling up the coast of southern Oregon when she answers an ad in the paper to be a live in caregiver. She is 29 and a counterculture woman who is in between a friendly divorce and a stream of ever changing relationships. She is a fierce, self-reliant feminist in a relentless search for what she feels is freedom and the life of a liberated woman making her way toward self actualization.
Felix and Eve both have strong and unyielding personalities but are forced to find compromises in what turns out to be a humorous summer spent together. Felix and Eve spend the evening’s playing cards by lantern light out on the screened in porch. He tells her the stories about his life and the days when he worked for the notorious Al Capone, when he worked in the illegal breweries during the days of America’s prohibition.
And what about his mysterious, old Packard that is locked up in the garage like Fort Knox, which Felix forbids anyone from going near it? Eve who has an active imagination thinks the truck of the car could contain some secret; a suitcase of money, or the remains of some unlucky soul from the "good ole days" where people disappeared without a trace?
Eve is in charge of cooking meals, light housekeeping and running errands for Felix, whom is not in the least excited about living with someone and in no uncertain terms lets her know how he feels about his invasion of privacy. It comes down to whose will is stronger: his bristled, stubborn manner or her independent, free spirited, laid back attitude.
Eve discovers that Felix dwells mostly in the past, and that he relives his memories by the stories that he sometimes tells her more than once. Felix’s house is literally unchanged since his wife’s death decades ago, and Eve realizes that she must live with the ghost of his wife, down to her clothes still hanging in Eve’s bedroom closet. Both Felix and Eve need to move on in their lives, but for now are adrift in a time between huge life events.
Felix and Eve, who started out with nothing in common, develop a love for each other that some would say was at times too close, but to them was a love each of them needed from the other, at a time in life they were most vulnerable.
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