Over 50 people attended a book launch celebration for The Amethyst Stone on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Author Lloyd Ferriss, a writer of fiction and non-fiction works, read from his novel, answered questions and signed copies of his books.
The Amethyst Stone is a bittersweet love story set on the north shore of Long Island, New York, in the 1950s. Paul Howland, the novel’s young protagonist, is eleven in the opening chapter. In trouble at home and in school, he considers suicide his best escape. But two people intervene: classmate Jenny Moran, and an adult mentor who discovers in Paul a latent artistic talent.
There’s been good early response to the novel, including the following:
“Beautifully written and richly rendered, Lloyd Ferriss’ entertaining and at times heartbreaking coming of age novel explores who we are, how we find our place, and illuminates essential truths about life, love, family, and most of all, hope.” —Melissa Senate, author of The Secret of Joy, The Love Goddess’ Cooking School and seven more novels.
“In The Amethyst Stone, Lloyd Ferriss tells the story of a community on Long Island at the moment of awakening to the modern world. And he brings us to the moment of artistic awakening in his young protagonist, Paul. With convincing detail and rhythm of his poignant tale the author truly evokes another era.” —Phoebe Stone, author of Romeo Blue, The Boy on Cinnamon Street and The Romeo and Juliet Code, among other novels.
Lloyd Ferriss is a long-time resident of Richmond who lives with his wife, the artist Jane Frost. Jane created the pastel painting that is the cover of The Amethyst Stone, and contributed a line drawing for the book’s title page. Both Ferriss and Frost are active participants in Harlow Gallery shows. Jane submits primarily pastel works. Lloyd’s interest is traditional film photography.
Before writing The Amethyst Stone, Ferriss wrote two non-fiction books. The most recent, Harry Stump, Maine’s Psychic Sculptor,” received honorable mention at the 2013 New England Book Festival in Boston. Prior to 2001, Ferriss wrote features and a garden column for the Maine Sunday Telegram.
The Amethyst Stone is published by Maine Authors Publishing in Rockland. It’s an adult novel that’s also appropriate for older teens. A well-designed soft cover book, it is $14.95