Robert Ashley M.D. is an Internal Medicine physician practicing medicine with the UCLA Medical Group in Santa Monica, California. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA. Like other primary care physicians, Dr. Ashley has seen birth, death and much of what falls in between. The motivation to write Beautifully Absurd originates from patients' struggles with death that put in to question the meaning of life.
Paul Mathews never wanted to be an average Joe, so when he became a 9-5 working man, a husband and a father, he rebelled. Living alone 20 years later, a massive stroke leaves him tethered to a ventilator and unable to communicate. Now Paul must confront the life he turned away and find the will to live long enough to see his son again.