Pushing Leaves Towards the Sun
a survivor’s guilt story
Billy and Lindy wrestle with Oso’s untimely motorcycle death. Their path to emotional recovery traverses sex, self-medication, & rock ‘n roll.
– The lyrics for 12 original companion songs are developed within the story.
– Welcome to my world of musical fiction.
Cheers, Mark L Berry
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You can listen to the first five chapters here: Listen to my novel
Promo Video by Brian Jessip
Music by Kim Smith
When Oso gets yanked off his motorcycle and killed by a closed parking lot chain, Billy feels guilty for having taught him to hop curbs and shortcut traffic lights. Billy’s survivor’s guilt drags him down a spiral of excessive alcohol, reckless driving, one-night stands, and body painting. He’s now all too aware that life is short—play hard.
Meanwhile, Oso’s former girlfriend Lindy pours her grief into her new folk-rock album as she struggles with whether she can ever let herself love again. Can she turn this personal tragedy into something meaningful through her music?
Pushing Leaves Towards the Sun explores survivor’s guilt and grief through reckless adventure, a dozen original songs, and fiction. When you’ve lost someone you love, there are no easy answers.
This novel is intended for adults. It includes some graphic language, sexual situations, and questionable behavior. Recovery from intense loss is a rough road—100 miles-per-hour on two wheels with no regard for oncoming traffic, as an example.
Listen to this novel’s 12 songs while you’re reading. They’re available below, sorted in chronological order including the chapter in which each appears (except the title track has been moved to the top). As a taste, here’s a seven-minute song montage of all twelve songs:
Pushing Leaves Towards the Sun – 12-song Montage 7:26
This is a story that you don’t just read, you experience it through music.
SONGS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
73,000 words – 231 pages
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Additional songs used in the audiobook version of this novel for intro, outro, and background music with the musician’s permission:
During Pushing Leaves Towards the Sun and Street Justice Lindy (protagonist) composed four music albums: Slices of NightLife, Studying Psychology–Mostly as a Patient, The Fallout Shelter, and Street Justice. The songs are listed how they appeared on those albums, along with Bill’s cover body n’art, here: Lindy’s Albums
Cheers! Mark L Berry