Dancing Over the Rays of Light is set in a Kansas retirement home and environs. It touches on the humor and pathos of the elderly, who sit, gossip, and dream while being largely ignored by their following generations. It is narrated by a wee cluster of cells that wakes up one morning with no memory of who, where, or even what he/she/it is. On finding that he is a very old man, he proceeds to discover his reason for being with the aid of a yoga instructor, a set of fellow inmates, a teenage girl detective, a sassy scrap of wood, and a nip or two of hooch.
The novel plows much the same field as Jonas Jonasson of The 100-Year-Old Man fame and Paul Harding’s Tinkers, though with a distinctive blade. It uses some of the devices of such unconventional writers as Flann O’Brien and Don Barthelme. It also has a bit of magic realism in it.
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This "novel" is a genre-bending work that blends nonfiction with fiction. It is a mystery/ detective/literary work, providing high drama with an occasional dollop of comic relief.
The characters include the narrator and protagonist, Ethan Swift III, a former Washington lawyer and amateur comparative religionist who puts three founder myths—those created by Corky Ra, founder of a contemporary start-up religion; Joseph Smith; and the Apostle Paul—on the virtual stand and cross-examines their dubious claims to having divine revelations. Along the way Ethan encounters Alcina Smith, a beautiful Mormon apostate whose stern father is one of the Twelve; Sabrina Makespeare, a literary agent; Jason Joseph Allred, whose flirtation with polygamy puts all three of them in danger; and FBI special agent Dennis Box Elder, who offers Ethan a measure of succor.
Armed with a pair of Juco courses—Entrepreneurship and Creative Writing—Talia la Musa is inspired to start her own business, which she dubs the Kachina Round Table. This group of writers comes to consist of Ab Ennis, a Russian-born critic of the arts; Arthur Unknown, world traveler and descendant of the famed Author Unknown, the most voluminously anthologized writer in the history of the American grammar school textbooks; Orville Slack IV, an etiquette columnist from Panhandle County, located somewhere between Texas and Oklahoma; Myles na Gopaleen, Jr., head of an eponymous science and technology think tank; and herself, a religious seeker.
What is distinctive about the group is that several of its members have been cremated and are then, courtesy of Mr. na Gopaleen, outfitted with robotic gadgetry that allows them to run for POTUS and VPOTUS on the ticket of the Dead Rights Party (DRiP).
The Round Table is situated in the Watering Hole of Hôtel Adiós, a lodging establishment in Small Southwestern City, Large Southwestern State. Ms. la Musa sponsors a writing contest among the five, with the prize being a columnist stint with the Small Southwestern City Picayune/Advocate/Intelligencer.
Inspired by the auld Marx Brothers flicks, this zany novel is strung together with pieces written by the five principals.