On the Steps of St. Dymphna tells a story of transformation. John, a normal cubicle slave with a bland and ordinary life, is transformed by an enlightenment experience. Or, did he just go crazy? He’s not really sure, but either way, he becomes a dramatically different person.
From bored support representative at GMC Megatronics, he transforms himself into Pastor John, a flamboyant free spirit spouting spiritual nostrums and intent on not only radically transforming his own life, but bringing joy and purpose to the lives of others.
To this end, he joins forces with a rag-tag group of homeless and starts The New Life Church of the Godhead of the Bed, so named for the locus of his awakening — an ordinary bed.
John and his following set their sights on St. Dymphna’s House of Hope, a local sanitarium run by the authoritarian Big Mama, where they attempt to help the needy and comfort the afflicted. They face numerous obstacles that threaten to derail their mission, but with the help of a local religious radio station and a large group of feisty supporters, they persevere and ultimately triumph. For a while.
Steps explores the emptiness of modern life and the desperate lengths necessary to live a life of purpose. It deals with themes of spirituality, alienation, faith and compassion. It is truly a tale for modern times.
On the Steps of St. Dymphna has been edited, revised and copy edited and is ready for publication! It is due for release on Amazon on September 14, 2020.
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About the Author
Tony is a freelance technical writer and author of fiction, memoir, journalism and personal essays. He has a self-published eBook, No Regrets: Memoirs of a Punk, that recounts his salad days as a free-spirited punk rocker in the hedonic San Francisco of the 1970’s. His first novel, On the Steps of St. Dymphna, an absurdist tale of modern-day alienation, will be published on Amazon.com on September 14, 2020. Links to his essays, journalism and fiction can be found at https://tonygroccco.com/articles.
Tony is now working on a non-fiction book tentatively entitled, The Day I Changed My Life: True Tales of Total Self-transformation. This biographical thriller will chronicle the desperate lengths to which people go to reinvent their lives, escape their past and find fulfillment.
After living in Texas, Louisiana, New York, San Francisco and Oakland, CA, Tony now resides in sunny San Diego, where he plies his trade as a tech writer to fund a lavish lifestyle traveling to foreign lands, learning Spanish and hobnobbing with other literary wannabes.
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