Chasing the Minotaur

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When his wife of twenty years dies in his arms of cancer, celebrated New York painter Emery Lake withdraws from painting and from life. To save him, his grown daughter arranges a house exchange in the south of France. But in the foothills of the Mont Sainte-Victoire, Emery discovers the long-dead painters Picasso, Renoir, Cezanne, and Van Gogh walk, paint, scheme, and love. Is it magic or madness? More

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About Terry Hayman

Terry grew up as an Air Force brat in five different countries, before finally settling in North Vancouver, Canada, to raise a family.

He's a former lawyer and business speaker (which gave birth to his co-written management book HURDLES). Now he acts and writes full time. His short stories have have appeared in numerous anthologies and national magazines. His mainstream, crime, and other novels are made available through Fiero Publishing.

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Review by: Secret Fire Press on Sep. 9, 2011 :
In Chasing the Minotaur, Terry Hayman has crafted an emotional powerhouse of a story.

After the loss of his wife and the estrangement of his relationship with his daughter, renowned and reclusive painter Emery Lake's journey takes him across an ocean to a countryside steeped in mystery and magic. What he finds there makes him wonder about his sanity. The carefully closed life he has built for himself falls apart. His survival--and his daughter's--depends on finding strength and determination he doesn't think he's got.

This is a story about the difficulty of finding oneself and the will to live again after unimaginable loss. It's also a book about the many shades of love and depths of the soul, and art's ability to incite passion and wonder in the world. A wonderful read.
(reviewed 72 days after purchase)
Review by: White Sun Press on July 10, 2011 :
The opening sequence of the book is really evocative, and pulled me in immediately to want to know more about the mystery of the painter, Emery Lake, and his work about to be unveiled in NYC after years of producing nothing. I really enjoyed the interactions with the famous, long-dead painters when Lake and his daughter travel to Provence and he "meets" (or creates?) Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso and Van Gogh...although I admit they worked for me better as characters sometimes more than others. I really loved the main characters throughout, particularly that of Emery Lake himself. Overall, this was a great read and I found myself being pulled back to it, again and again. Much of it is about grief and moving on, especially as an artist...and finding a new foot forward from which to create after the tremendous loss of a loved one. It's also about being a parent, and how sometimes you have to make it through not only for yourself but for those who love and need you. All in all, a great book, and one that really showed a tremendous knowledge and appreciation of the subject matter by the author, including the historical periods demonstrated and the personalities of the artists portrayed. Will look forward to reading more by Terry Hayman for sure!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: JJ Press on July 5, 2011 :
Terry Hayman weaves a tale of magic, coping with loss, and rekindling one's passion in this novel set in both modern day and historical France. After the death of his wife, Lake goes with his daughter to France. While there, he meets long dead artists such as the friendly Renoir and the passionate Picasso. Is it insanity? Magic? Hayman leads the reader through Lake's journey with strong sensory details and suspense that will keep you turning the pages.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: Twisted Root Publishing on July 5, 2011 :
A literary feast for the senses, Terry Hayman takes us to Provence, France with renowned American painter, Emery Lake, and his daughter, Violet. Lake has had a crisis of faith in his art and himself after the death of his wife. When he arrives in Provence and goes wandering in the hills, he runs into no less than the famous, long-dead painter Renoir. Crazy? Lake might be. But Hayman skillfully paints us a story that layers the long dead artists of southern France with Lake’s own journey to rekindle his purpose in life. Luscious imagery overlays a suspenseful story as Lake struggles to save both himself and his daughter from the powerful passions that fill all artists. A must read for those who love art or want to know more about it.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

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