Appointment with Unreality
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.
“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
Penelope May says about Appointment with Unreality:
The novel is first of all an exciting adventure, meant to be enjoyed for the challenges the characters face. Along the way, the story dips into a variety of deeper topics, including belief, perception, reality, and devotion. It’s an opportunity for an intellectual romp on many levels.
The story contrasts a person of profound religious belief with a person interested only in the real, without taking either character’s side. “What is real?” is a question that hangs over the entire book, and this tension between “belief” and “reality” opens up a dimension that I think is quite mysterious.
Although grounded in the real, this is a work of imaginative fiction, in which the story goes way beyond what could be expected to occur in life. I hope this mixture of the ordinary and the extraordinary expands the reader’s thinking and deepens their enjoyment.