Time is the Oven by Richard Sharp

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Time is the Oven is a kind of anti-Western romp, following the adventures of a young man (a boy in Jacob’s Cellar) beginning in post-Civil War Missouri. There he meets the legendary Jesse James and is singularly unimpressed, but comes to see his older brother as a sort of mentor.

Pursuing a difficult romantic relationship with a “sporting lady” aspiring to become an actress, he meets only disappointment, marries a respectable woman and seeks unsuccessfully to return to the rural life of his youth. Following a family tragedy and estrangement from his wife, he undertakes an odyssey to Panama during the failed French canal project, eventually returning, definitely older and arguably wiser, to Missouri for unanticipated reunions at the novel’s dramatic conclusion. Although in some respects a sequel to Jacob’s Cellar, the novel is a stand-alone romance inspired by Frank Jame’s love of Shakespeare, with a plot reminiscent of “A Winter’s Tale.“

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Richard Sharp confesses to being a member of the "Silent Generation," the subject of his recent acclaimed contemporary novel, The Duke Don't Dance. Born in the early 1940s into a farming family who had migrated from Missouri to Oklahoma and to rural Colorado during the Dust Bowl, he traveled east as a young adult to receive degrees from Harvard and Princeton Universities. His writing is enriched from career experiences across America and in some four dozen countries, spanning the Vietnam War era through the present. Following years in the Washington, DC area as an international development and transport consultant, with assignments mainly in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the former Soviet Union, Mr Sharp now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network and the Charlotte Writers Club. Sharp was the youngest child in a large family with both parents born in 19th century Missouri, their history forming a starting point for Jacob's Cellar and Time is the Oven, tales or rural protagonists in the fringes of the South. The great grandson of three Civil War soldiers (two Union, one Confederate) and another grandfather displaced by the great conflict, Sharp explores the Civil War's impact on ordinary men and women caught up in the war and its aftereffects.
Published December 27, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 270 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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for example, famous outlaws Jesse and Frank James pop in and out of the narrative, and William spends the latter part of the book working in Panama during France’s ill-fated canal construction in the 1880s.

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Richard Sharp is the author of two prior novels: The Duke Don’t Dance, a well-received contemporary tale, and Jacob’s Cellar, the story of an intrepid family of nineteenth-century Missouri pioneers, both published in 2012.

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