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The Big Wide Calm

A Novel

Rich Marcello

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.00" x 9.00"
  • ISBN: 978-1-62652-795-9
  • Publication Date: 2014-07-15
  • Langdon Street Press

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The Big Wide Calm

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Paige is a rock star. The world just doesn’t know it yet. She’s got the charisma, the drive, and, of course, the mega-musical skills. All she needs is to make her debut album, one that will change the world, inspire revolutions—and make her galactically famous along the way.

When John Bustin, a former semi-famous singer/songwriter offers to record Paige’s album for free, it feels like destiny, like the next step on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Guitar in hand, Paige sets off to John’s recording compound, ready to unfold her future.

But the ever-elusive John, with his mysterious history, and Paige, a big dreamer but naïve about her footing in life, clash as much as they coalesce. Before they can change the world through Paige’s music, the improbable duo must learn to work together.

A coming of age story and retrospective, The Big Wide Calm focuses on human nature and the complexities of love through the eyes of young and old on the journey of creating the perfect album.

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"A distinct and original narrative voice and protagonist. Just as there is significance in Holden Caulfield’s catch phrases, reviewers and serious readers will find significance in Paige’s persistent use of “you know.”  This common and simple phrase resonates in the context of this highly philosophical work . . . Overall, a fabulous novel." —Mark Spencer, author of Tresspassers and winner of the Faulkner Society's Award for Fiction

Rich Marcello

Rich Marcello is a poet, a songwriter and musician, a creative writingteacher, and the author of three novels, The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and The Beauty of the Fall.

As anyone who has read Rich’s work can tell you, his books deal with life’s big questions: love, loss, creativity, community, aging, self-discovery.  His novels are rich with characters and ideas, crafted by a natural storyteller, with the eye and the ear of a poet.

For Rich, writing and art making is about connection, or as he says, about making a difference to a least one other person in the world, something he has clearly achieved many times over, both as an artist and a teacher.

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