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Rebecca Weatherhead, PhD, has arrived in the Atacama Desert on a mission to observe a total eclipse of the sun. Her personal mission, during this journey to such a remote place, is to review the choices that seem to be making her life less than it should be. Even though superficially successful, she is a grown woman pathologically afraid of the dark, with no belief in any kind of higher power, and no confidence she will ever be able to sustain a mature romantic relationship. Although the narrative begins, and ends, in an unusual place, the bulk of the story - told in the first person - takes place in the English countryside, and in the Bible Belt of the American Midwest.

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I Am Banished (Part One)

  Early in the reign of Ronald the First, my manifold crimes caused me to be banished from Utopia by my Uncle Who Was a Failur... Read Chapter

I Am Banished (Part Two)

My Uncle Who Was a Success is Uncle James. Who was (and still is) a professor of Materials Science and Engineering. Born in America, ... Read Chapter

I Am Briefed

Leaving London from Kings Cross, we plunged into a countryside so green that it seemed to have been colored in by hand. Chuckl... Read Chapter

I Am Employed

You can measure my Uncle’s self-confidence by the fact that the tutors he had spoken of in such a theoretical manner that first night... Read Chapter

I Hear a Voice

As you might have gathered by now, Uncle James specialized in collecting a lot of things that just “wandered in”. But there was one... Read Chapter

I Beg Shamelessly

I’ve seen the “end of the world as we know it” in many different places and—everywhere—it’s exactly the same. Just before the... Read Chapter

I Go Shopping


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I Am Moonstruck

We didn’t have close neighbors at Baskerville Hall, but we did have neighbors and getting to know them would give me the advantage of... Read Chapter

I Turn My Face to the Wind

Upon returning to Baskerville Hall after my time spent looking at the moon, I stayed awake until breakfast—remaining fitful and ... Read Chapter

I Announce My Arrival


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I Wander the Night


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I Witness a Struggle

After not too long, my walkabouts became quite routine. It was usually about twelve thirty when I got up—barefoot and in my underwe... Read Chapter

I Hear Laughter

As I strolled through the darkness back toward Bible Farm, I was understandably disgusted by all of this grimy small-town drama I’d s... Read Chapter

I Begin an Insurgency


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I Note New Arrivals


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I Celebrate a Birthday

There is an Anglican Christmas carol which begins: “In the bleak midwinter....” It’s often sung around the time of the year whe... Read Chapter

I Attend a Grand Opening

As my Uncle Danny predicted, the plywood was pulled from the windows and signs of activity returned to the westside gas station in Utop... Read Chapter

I Make Someone Very Happy


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I Acquaint Myself With the Sun

Uncle James had been unapologetically wondering when I would take the new telescope out. And I understood his perplexity. There had bee... Read Chapter

I Struggle with Remorse

Not my “remorse”, of course. Although my plans in Utopia were not moving forward as fast as I had hoped, they were still moving for... Read Chapter

I Conceal Myself

A helpful little cold front moved in after my frustrating Sunday and, the next day, we were sheltered from the tyrannical August sun by... Read Chapter

I Take Custody of Evidence

Late in February, the American (Dr Hoover) who’d been so successful previously was invited to Baskerville Hall for another visit of s... Read Chapter

I Am Interviewed


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I Struggle with Remorse (Again)


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I Miscalculate

The resilience of Utopia was on full display not long after the Twins were arrested as the village sank gratefully back into its August... Read Chapter

I Am Banished (Part Three)

What my Aunt Billie had been unwilling to tell me was that—most of the same day that I’d been hopelessly waiting to be arrested—s... Read Chapter

I Facilitate a Departure

After chasing Mrs Rzepczynski out of the house it was Candace who became Christian Hope’s “English nurse”: because there was no q... Read Chapter

I Dig a Hole

As I looked around at the four of us in the crematorium in Aldershot, I couldn’t help but wonder how many people our late Mr Hope tho... Read Chapter

I Look at Pictures


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