LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Confessions of a Cloak Artist by Jeff R. McGowan
Spinning rich yarns of travel, young love, and growing up in 1980’s Orange County, Jim Murphy reflects upon his life’s adventures and mishaps to discover where things went wrong along the way. From the tropical oasis of Bali, he examines whether his core principles have helped or hurt his life’s failed relationships and his pursuit of enlightenment. Where did he go wrong? And can he reinvent himself before it’s too late? What he finds is that stories hold meaning, and wounds don’t have to define us.
Jeff R. McGowan graduated from UCLA in 1993, then traveled and worked his way around the world for several years. For the last eighteen years he’s taught high school Social Studies, leaving most every summer to travel and learn, and to attempt to find a way to get over himself. He has yet to do so, but remains determined in this quest. His debut novel, Confessions of a Cloak Artist, while fiction, is a testament to travels, to teachers, and to this personal journey. Mr. McGowan has a young son named Ross. He lives in San Francisco with his fiancée, Julianne.
“Jeff McGowan’s debut novel is a definite winner. Following in the tradition of such classics as On the Road and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Confessions of a Cloak Artist explores Everyman’s quest for meaning and self-knowledge through the transformative power of travel. Sophisticated in style and form, Confessions stands at the beginning of what should be a brilliant career for its author.”
—Jim Dekker, Author of Not Without Scars, the Story of Shirley LaMarr