Welcome to Words About Time
On this site you will find descriptions of the novels of Richard Sharp, excerpts and links of his works, links for paperback and e-book purchases, previews of coming works and means to comment or exchange views with the author.
Big News! The Limited Edition of Crystal Ships, issued on the 50th year memorial of JFK’s assassination and targeted for a more academic readership, has been withdrawn from circulation. By April 2016 it will be replaced with a substantially revised final edition for general readership (extensively reedited and bibliographical references deleted). Moreover, on the same schedule, Wandering Barques, the much anticipated sequel, carrying the legacy of Crystal Ships’ Sixties saga well into the 1980s, will be released on amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. WATCH THIS SPOT FOR AVAILABILITY AND PROMOTIONS.
Why “Words About Time?” Sharp’s preoccupation as a novelist, inspired in part by the work of Isabel Allende, is in tracing his protagonists’ attitudes and emotions as they evolve with the changing culture of their times – or, despite the advance of life, capturing their stubborn adherence to spirits that served them well at critical junctures in their personal histories. His protagonists are resilient in their love of life and their personal relationships. Love may not be time’s fool, as the… READ MORE
Limited Edition Released on November 22nd 2013 in remembrance of the 50th memorial of President John F Kennedy's assassination.
A sweeping saga of American idealism and disillusionment, Richard Sharp’s exquisite Crystal Ships traces the lives of seven friends through two decades of violence, hope, and cultural change.
Sharp spins an epic tale that starts back in the heady days of the Kennedy administration, when Camelot appeared as a shining beacon of hope for all Americans. But as the years tick on, riots, assassinations, drugs, gender conflicts, and the Vietnam War come crashing into the country’s consciousness. It is a tale of adaptation and triumph over the dark side of the social environment and one's own nature, cloaked in a tragic mystery that fundamentally alters the course of the protagonists' lives....LEARN MORE
The Duke Don’t Dance
Compressed between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom were those who became known to some by the ill-chosen name of the Silent Generation. They were those born too late to share in the triumph of the great victory, too early to know only the privilege of the American empire and in too few numbers to assure themselves a proper identity and enduring legacy. Despite those attributes, they invented rock and roll, filled the streets in the struggle for racial equality, bled in the heated precipitates of the cold war and opened the doors to the sexual revolution and feminism...LEARN MORE
is a dark foreboding cavern below a Missouri farmhouse on the eve of the Civil War. It is used for all manner of storage, a clan gathering spot, hiding place for objects and refugees, retreat for lovers, den of betrayal and ultimately the source of legends that ensures the salvation of protagonists through the great conflict. The saga begins with a retelling of the long-forgotten "War of the Regulation," a rural North Carolina precursor to the Revolutionary War culminating in 1771, in which farmers...READ MORE
Time is the Oven
is a kind of anti-Western, following the adventures of a young man (a boy in Jacob's Cellar) beginning in post-Civil War Missouri. There he meets the legendary Jesse James and is singularly unimpressed, but comes to see his older brother as a sort of mentor. Pursuing a difficult romantic relationship with a “sporting lady” aspiring to become an actress, he meets only disappointment, marries a respectable woman and seeks unsuccessfully to return to the rural life of his youth. Following a... READ MORE
“Crystal Ships is an epic story about a group of young friends living through the turmoil of the 1960s and ’70s…[A] vibrant and compelling look into an important time in history. )
The Duke Don't Dance: “Saying it is a brilliant self-published novel cheapens the praise. This is simply a great book”
-Chicago Center for Literature and Photography
The Duke Don’t Dance is beautifully written “ (ForeWord Firsts Winter 2012 Finalist)