Appointment with Unreality is an adventure on the borderline between belief and reality, including true friendship, some humor, and a dog.
Lee, a retired mental health counselor, is hearing a voice in her head. Is this the voice of an alien creature (impossible), or is she having delusional episodes (unlikely)? Fleeing to Midcoast Maine for solitude and safety, she makes friends with a younger priest who may have delusions of his own. To solve the puzzle of the voice in her head, Lee begins an adventure that will take her far beyond the reality she understands. It’s a good thing she has her brave and intelligent Kai dog with her.
Appointment with Unreality is science fiction, but a different kind of science fiction, one that is steeped in the story’s characters, feelings, and experiences. Along the way, the book dips into deeper questions, such as belief, perception, friendship, and devotion.
The story explores what is real, from both the rational, scientific and the personal, spiritual points of view—following Lee as she arrives at a new place of meaning.
“In her beautifully written debut novel, Penelope May takes us on a journey that moves easily from the known, recognizable world to the outer reaches of belief in both interstellar and interspecies communication. Blending elements of mystery, brain science, and spirituality, Appointment with Unreality is an intriguing meditation on our capacity to be receptive to “voices beyond” and the binding connection between all forms of life.” —Roland Goodbody, actor, theater director, and award-winning playwright.
“Wonderful! The prose is lean and graceful. The story original, muscular, with a steel-cable of Wisdom running through its core.” — Stephanie Voss Nugent, Exec. Director, ACT ONE, NH
“I was really wowed by the creativity and intellectual diligence it must have taken to weave together a tale encompassing neuroscience, space, god, faith, relationships, humanity. Amazing book!” — Andrea Lucas, author of Own It All