Stories of the Post-Counterculture

Fiction by William Cook Haigwood


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A Time of Unsearchable Things

Some at the funeral told Jackson Selph his wife's accident was a tragedy though he did not think it a tragedy. He loved his two children and still had his home. Six months later he had lost his children and his home and slept alone on a cot in a country shack. He began to see the vague outline of a tragedy but did not suspect the person he trusted most was a co-creator of his suffering. A chance discovery uncovered a truth that might have freed Selph. Instead, a rash response pinned him tighter in his trap, forcing a deadly and irrevocable choice and a reckoning as old as human misfortune.

A Time of Unsearchable Things is the story of corruptible innocence; of a young, widowed father abandoned by the fickle whim of a god-like boss who, in order to win a bet, allows his most loyal employee to endure a cruel and senseless calamity. Set in Humboldt County California in 1974, this new novel by William Haigwood tells a fateful tale of betrayal against the backdrop of the area's emerging rural Counterculture. It is the first in a series of novels featuring characters grown from the swelling turmoil of the Sixties who collide with uncomfortable realities left in the era's long, insurgent and disorderly wake.

 

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Davenport

Book One of the Davenport Trilogy

When a photographer discovers a 21st century neo-counterculture forming on the beaches of the central California coast, he steals hours away from work and home to record what he sees. At first drawn by the coast's stunning beauty and beaches widely tolerant of nudity and public sex, the photographer becomes entwined with a carnival of anomalous coastal habitués. Some among this pantheon of sybaritic and renegade characters engage his friendship and regard. Others threaten his existence.

Set during the Great Recession of 2007-08, Davenport is the first of three novels that together tell a picaresque odyssey, one that provokes an inescapable confrontation between a bloom of new freedoms and an array of countering and suppressive dangers. As the photographer earns a sudden surge of wealth from his graphic beach photography, he also risks losing his hope, his love and even his life.


For publication: Fall 2017

Bonny Doon

Book Two of the Davenport Trilogy

The photographer's documentary photography of public nudity and sexual encounters along the beaches south of Davenport creates recognition and income beyond his dreams, but also brings him closer to a dangerous edge. Where does his partner go when he's not home? Her secret diary feeds his worst suspicions but provides few answers. And what attracts him obsessively to reports of fatal airplane crashes?

While a growing cast of eccentric, sensual denizens offers exotic and portentous imagery, a looming confrontation threatens the photographer's avocation and existence. He assumed he could manage his dangerous art without becoming directly involved with its inherent threats. He was wrong. Bonny Doon continues the story of a photographer agonistes whose ambitious recording of untamed subjects forces him onto a narrow path between treachery and misfortune.