Voices of Ash
In 1948 post-war Hollywood, young Hank Cleveland discovers sex, long-buried family memories and scandal, and a lost love, when the ashes of the dead give up their secrets. More
1948. Los Angeles. The war is over. Side by side with glamorous and ruthless Hollywood, California potteries pump out ceramics. Hank Cleveland, a fragile young man from a studio family, falls in love with fierce and independent Susan Chagall, an older woman and temperamental designer at a famous California pottery.
In Susan’s bohemian lifestyle, Hank finds excitement, sex, and escape. Hank would like more, but he takes a back seat to Susan’s devotion to her shell-shocked brother Joseph.
When Hank falls ill and requires the services of a nurse, memories locked deep inside begin to haunt him, urged by the presence of Grandfather Joel’s ashes on the mantel. Thoughts of a vanished girl Hank once loved and buried family secrets threaten to unravel Cleveland family history—bright as a Bauer bowl, fragile as a Metlox figurine, and layered with a glaze of lies.
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