A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle`s right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn`t survived the injuries that could have killed him. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure, " a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. Edgar leaves Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. Many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth`s past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.
147 x 199 mm