International bankers are gathered in New York City at the height of the world debt crisis of the 1980s to chart a course through danger, but one of the lead negotiators for America's top banking... More > consortium turns up a corpse after a night of routine dining, carousing, and reserved indulgence. P.I. Paul Baxton, a studious lover of New York City street history, turns up the suspects and works with all the usual agencies sent to tackle the questionable death. When bureaucrats, spies, and police think they have the operative cornered, Baxton—who journeyed as far as Seattle for clues—nudges an unusual confession as everyone else is hoping to turn up a more promising lead.< Less
Reading Frankie Ravan is like opening the windows of an Advent calendar; inspired by miniatures, pointillist paintings, and country quilts, the vignettes reveal a rural coming-of-age story full of... More > adventure, delight, superstition, humor, and curiosity. Frankie—eight years old in 1958—grew up in Crawford’s Nook, then on the old Ravan homestead on Upper Burnt Ruby Creek.
During this period the mountain community was haunted by memories of untimely death. Frankie enjoyed his life with wonder until an awareness of these deaths entered his experience. He learned relief from the sadness of death when a nearly forgotten ancestor showed him how to look deeply into the beauty of the world. As he looked he sensed the presence of all those who had gone before; and they, too, were watching the world around him, hovering behind and above like vibrant images in frescoes on cathedral ceilings, observing something wondrous about their own and others’ lives.< Less
Everyone has met an eccentric couple, though not everyone has lived next door to them for years and unwittingly been a part of their lives. Beanie and Larry are the neighbors whose every experience... More > amounts to an adventure, indeed, a lifetime of adventures that all begin simply and openly, then never end.< Less
A family implodes when a relative makes an accusation of extreme sexual impropriety. F.A. Loomis—author of historical works such as As Long As Life, The Memoirs of a Frontier Woman Doctor,... More > fiction including Frankie Ravan and Blue Duwamish, and poetry chapbooks East West West East and Salmon River Lookout—takes readers on a journey into the bizarre world of "Repressed Memory Syndrome" where psychotherapists and troubled individuals create realities based on observations of the behavior of alleged perpetrators.
It all starts simply in therapy, with shared insights and suggestions, then the gates of hell are entered where there is no longer a connection to a world of common sense or fairness. One day life is filled with normal challenges and the next there are deeper anomalies, proclivities, and aberrations whose roots are deeper than it is possible to discover. What is often left after a binge of destructive accusations is still more roadbed and endless, unexpected surprises.< Less
A collection of poems from F.A. Loomis about the tensions between urban and rural life and the beauty that connects them. Integrating both worlds can be challenging, but for those who are able these... More > images and ironies will speak with familiarity. The unusual diversity of the poems is the result of many years of work and travel back and forth from the mountains of central Idaho—where the author grew up—and Boston; New Haven; New York; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Albuquerque; and Seattle.
Some of the author's other works include Frankie Ravan, Gold Fork Dreams, Salmon River Lookout, As Long As Life, Blue Duwamish, 60 Minute Stories, The Adventures of Beanie and Larry, and Ladies with Sisu.< Less
A selection of poems about the Gold Fork country in central Idaho from F.A. Loomis, author of Salmon River Lookout, Frankie Ravan, As Long As Life, Ladies with Sisu, and Blue Duwamish. The poems... More > clearly evoke a high country tied to logging, farming, ranching, hunting, and recreation. Many of them link the author's keen sense of humor to an underlying melancholia about a place that has been fully utilized for every human need. The wildness of Idaho mountain life is resilient and rich despite its heavy production to support the lifestyles of natives and visitors.< Less
Poems written about the heart of Idaho's Salmon River wildfire country. The author and poet, F.A. Loomis, spent several years serving the U.S. Forest Service in central Idaho during the 1970s, taking... More > his life of solitude and reflection as seriously as a Trappist monk. These poems have a twist of all the elements that make up lookout life: vigilance during lightning weather, peace between storms, the continuous awareness of alpine beauty, boredom and near insanity when visitors are lacking, great insights that come with focus, and pleasure when mountain life surprises.< Less
Sixty "one minute" short stories that can easily be read in airports or at bus stops. They are diverse, classical in plot and moral and usually leave readers recognizing that there is a lot... More > around them that they often miss.< Less
Ravan's Winter is Vol. 2 of the Upper Burnt Ruby Creek Trilogy. Frank Ravan, the searching hero of Frankie Ravan, Vol. 1, continues his spiritual journey in the Vietnam era, trying to develop a set... More > of values that will endure the surprising tests of friendship, love, family, and death. In Vol. 2 Frank still reveres the sense of beauty that his grandfather pointed to as a guide in life, even as he says farewell to more friends who have succumbed to tragic deaths. There is less humor in Vol. 2 as Frank faces some of his generation's more serious issues such as drugs, sexual infidelity, and war. This is his winter.< Less