C. B. Shiepe
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The night of his eighteenth birthday, Clay Grant, exploited child star of 80’s sitcom hit Little Guy Mike, disappears after a mysterious fire destroys the Hollywood studio backlot. Chased by the media and haunted by his past, he’s been on the run for fifteen years until a fight with a determined photographer lands him in jail and ends his self-imposed exile.
Just when the media is descending, motivational pastor Reagan Mitchell shows up in Clay’s cell and offers him a deal to buy his freedom. Unsure if he can trust Reagan, but out of options, Clay arrives in majestic Cliff Falls under an overcast sky, and quickly discovers no one escapes life. What happens when you run into everything you’ve been running from?
In a world where entertainment has become our religion and religion our entertainment, Cliff Falls wrestles with the question of what it means to be truly human—comfortable in our own skin when everyone wants us to be someone or something else. What Clay discovers will change his life and perhaps yours.
A Novel about Transformation
When I started reading Cliff Falls, I was drawn into a wonderful story of fictional characters, living in seemly real places with very real problems. I immediately identified with Clay Grant, the former child star, who had been expected to live up to an image that was not who he really was, one that was created for him by others.
While being entertained, which included laughing out loud many times, I realized how much I was still like the painfully shy ninth-grader who had the moniker of "the smartest girl in the school". How much I was still like that same girl who loved to run but quit the track team because her peers didn't want her to be a good athlete, in addition to being a good student. I began to see how much of that child still lived on, decades later, in the life of an adult woman.
Reading about Clay's struggle to leave his past behind him, has helped me to continue to create a life for myself, apart from the subtle pressures that still exist for me to be who I am not. Watching Clay change and grow has given me more courage to forge ahead in my own metamorphosis into becoming who I was created to be, into becoming who I really am.
In the four months since I read Cliff Falls for the first time, I, a busy mother of a teenager and a preschooler, have read the novel two more times. I have enthusiastically told family, friends and total strangers, everyone from teens to senior citizens, about the novel. And I am planning an online "Book Club" with about two dozen friends so we can discuss how the book has impacted our lives. I recommend Cliff Falls to everyone who wants to read a story about change and to be changed by the story he or she reads.