Dustjacket Description and General Synopsis

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Long Version:

William Wyrd, an introverted history professor at long remove from his youthful days as a marine sniper, is drafted to serve overseas in the U.S. military at age thirty-nine. Already in a relationship made tenuous by the demands of dual professional careers and their own dearth of interpersonal experience, he and his wife are completely estranged by the blunder on the part of the government. But is this merely human error at work, a bad mix of circumstances—or tangling of the skein of Fate? In the tradition of Robert Ludlum’s Bourne Identity and follow-up novels, this literary action-adventure tale tests whether one’s present choices, and even ultimate destiny, need be determined by one’s past.

CLOTHO’S LOOM tracks the struggles of a husband and wife to reunite against forces arrayed to keep them apart. Will decides to keep his reactivation a secret, and deal with the claims from his dark past alone. Assured by faceless authorities that there has been no mistake, and given a date to report, he falls in with political undesirables and succumbs to their attempt to recruit him. He soon embarks on a quest for identity that leads him around the globe. Meanwhile, his partner, pregnant and abandoned, must navigate the no-less-treacherous task of survival at a highly politicized law office, dominated by two temperamentally opposite bosses, and the glass ceiling they erect over her. The narrative proceeds in an alternating chapter structure, paralleling Will’s masculine adventures with those of a woman enduring both professional and domestic perils. The common solution: a razing of egos, and the tempering of two spirits into alloy, alchemized by the common love of a child.  

Glas Daggre Publishing, 2012  


Short Version:

CLOTHO’S LOOM is the story of a man and woman who met and married before they were ready. They are torn apart just at the moment when they should most be together, her mid-life pregnancy. The next year is devoted to adventures that mature them, while they seek reunion. While all events, like Will’s military reactivation, appear to conspire against them, StJean questions whether the forces of chance and Fate, as well as ignorant human will, are not actually working together for ultimate good.

Glas Daggre Publishing, 2012

6 thoughts on “Dustjacket Description and General Synopsis

  1. Rosario says:

    I can’t wait to read it, Shawn. I am already intriged by it! Best of luck, Rosario:)


  2. shawnst says:

    Thanks, Rosario. Check back in a few days and the sample chapters will be up. [fingers crossed]


  3. Carol St Jean says:

    I’m really looking forward to reading this, Shawn!


  4. Dani Rheaume says:

    Fixing to order it Asap


  5. […] more so when the reviewer is a professor of writing and literature, one whose (non-erotic) novel, Clotho’s Loom, was one of my favorites of the last few years. In this essay, St Jean shares some spot-on insight […]


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