The Organ Pipes of the Soul: A Theodicy of Love and Reincarnation in a Desperate Afterlife is a story about good and evil, reincarnation, and meeting God — a story about second chances and second-death in a dangerous afterlife where the dead must reincarnate or perish — set in an afterlife that is under attack from a man who wants to end reincarnation using a machine that can create anything, and from a rogue caretaker who wants more than the shadowy immortality Arthur’s afterlife can offer him. It’s a theodicy about discovering destiny, about the moral dilemma of reincarnation, about faith and doubt and the victory of love.
The Organ Pipes of the Soul is a story about Arthur, an amnesiac who washes up on the Isle of the Dead, only to discover as he recovers his memories that he is largely responsible for much of what goes on in this afterlife and why everything is going wrong. It’s a story of his search for the one love he waited thirty lifetimes to make his own. It’s a story about that love, Elle, a pianist “back home,” who arrives on the Waking Shore unsure whether she should reincarnate because Arthur had broken her heart in their short life together. Her story is her discovery of how her own strength and courage become the path of her transcendence. But The Organ Pipes of the Soul is also a story about a warrior woman who calls herself Coyote who wakes up in the afterlife with a hole where her heart should be. Coyote is a woman who never belonged anywhere in life, and who doesn’t feel she belongs in this afterlife, but in time realizes she is essential to its salvation. Hers is a story of her discovery of her own worth, and her discovery that love is possible even for a Coyote.
About Robert Springer
I have been writing on and off since high school, eventually getting my BA in English with a creative writing emphasis. But life had other plans and instead of going into teaching, I found work in publishing. Along the way, the Twin Towers fell, my job was shipped to India, and due to that outsourcing, I had a chance to return to school at 62 years old, thus making me a late-life Master of Arts recipient. I wrote a whole new novel for my MA thesis, did more writing than I ever had, and started to teach Freshman English. I find myself at 67 a happily married spouse, a parent, a grandfather of two, and much to my surprise, a Deacon in my church. I have a modest media presence and a modest publication history in four of the volumes of my school’s student/faculty publication, University of Indianapolis’ Etchings.
Meanwhile, this novel kept reminding me not to forget it, and the current pandemic has increased my motivation to get this story out. In my last editing pass, I finally knew I was ready. I hope you are pleased with this story. I hope you find it intriguing. It is meant to be thought-provoking but entertaining. I think you will find it both.
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