Waking Up At Rembrandt's

Waking Up At Rembrandt's

by Thomas Qualls

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Overview

Maggie is a discouraged lawyer, Dillon, a heart-broken vagabond, and Phillip, a frustrated writer. Their stories are told by the mysterious Jillian, part purveyor of spirits and part spiritual guru. Inside the walls of cafe rembrandt, where whipping fresh cream is an act of poetry and pouring a drink an act of faith, we fall under Jillian's spell. With a voice that is lyrical and immediate, she artfully trails her Ariadne thread to lead her devotees back into the light.

Waking Up at Rembrandt's is a fresh take on the tale of awakenings. It celebrates the sensual, as well as the spiritual, effortlessly bridging the two worlds.

Author Thomas Lloyd Qualls combines prose and poetry, fiction and spirituality, and dreams and reality in a manner that is at once unconventional and irresistible. Blending the epicurean delights of Peter Mayle, the travel adventures of Hemingway, the spiritual teachings of Krishnamurti, and the magical realism of Isabel Allende, Waking Up at Rembrandt's takes literary fiction into new territory.

Praise for Thomas Lloyd Qualls and Waking Up At Rembrandt's:
"Waking Up At Rembrandt's is an impressive debut novel showcasing an undeniably talented and imaginative author... The text is lyrical and engaging from beginning to end as author Thomas Lloyd Qualls demonstrates an ability to paint with words the way Rembrandt was noted to paint with pigments. "Waking Up At Rembrandt's" is highly recommended reading and will leave the readers looking eagerly towards the author's next literary project."
~Midwest Book Review

"Reno novelist Thomas Lloyd Qualls is a psychonaut. His luminous debut novel, Waking Up at Rembrandt’s, strikes literary gold, mining the depths of his character’s complex interior landscapes through an unlikely amalgam of poetry, prose and spirituality... The immediacy evoked by [the author’s] use of second person narration acts as connective tissue binding the reader to the plot lines... reminiscent of David Foster Wallace..."
~Reno Passport

"Thomas Lloyd Qualls is a writer of great sensitivity, passion and spirituality. His first novel — Waking Up At Rembrandt's — is an exquisite blend of fiction and poetry. He brings his characters to life as he takes them out of Rembrandt's Café into the greater world, lets them have their adventures, then brings them back enlightened. He breaks all the rules, but makes it work. It's a good read; I heartily recommend it.”
~Carol Purroy, TV Producer/Host, AUTHOR! AUTHOR!

"Waking up at Rembrandt's is an artful weave of metaphysical storyline with poetry; of awakenings and raw themes. It is not to be missed."
~Elle Marie Garfield, children’s author / Owner, Integrated Balance Solutions

"Dipping a toe into this work is pretty much impossible; once you open it, you get drawn in and it doesn't let you go. The range of creative effort on display here is a bit breathtaking...a skilled writer with an appealing way with words. This story is well worth sharing."
-Writer's Digest

Best Novelist Honors, Reno News & Review, Best of Northern Nevada — 2008, 2009, and 2010

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149083633
Publisher: Lucky Bat Books
Publication date: 12/19/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 300 KB

About the Author

Thomas Lloyd Qualls lives and writes in the high desert beauty of Northern Nevada. He is the author of one and a half novels, a traveler of Europe, India & Thailand, the recipient of three Best Novelist awards, and a regular contributor to Rebelle Society and Reno Tahoe Tonight Magazine.

Waking Up at Rembrandt’s, his debut novel, has received local and national critical acclaim. He is also the proud co-creator of the The Power of Words Video Project.

Thomas is currently at work on the other half of his second novel, Painted Oxen. In his spare time, he rides his bike, pretends he is still the runner he once was, attempts to corral his four-year old, massages his partner's feet (those belonging to the children's author, Lynell Marie Garfield), redraws the line between enough and a little too much (espresso, wine, dark chocolate, words), works up the courage to paint, and dreams of adding more stamps to his passport. He no longer bartends.

Despite these words it is important to remember a human being is not static, not capable of definition. If you are curious to know more, just keep reading what he writes. You can also visit is website whenever you like. (tlqonline.com)

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