Rain Clouds and Waterfalls
by Piper Templeton
A touching journey with The Beatles
A novel told in short stories, follow young protagonist Ellen as she narrates each story of love, loss, longing, friendship, and entrapment. Inspired by the artistry of the Beatles, each story is framed by a Beatles song or actual Beatles event. Follow Ellen’s journey from 1976 to 1990.
Her beloved brothers’ disappearance from the family when she is 11, an event she carries with her throughout the whole book; her navigation through high school as she searches for friendship and love (and a musical instrument), loses her innocence in more ways than one, and is scarred by John’s death; her challenges in the 1980s workplace as she confronts sexual harassment; her growth as a young woman taking charge of her life.
Meet her friend, Joan, who Ellen thinks of affectionately as the “fool on the hill”; Kevin, the rich neighborhood boy whose façade betrays his reality; Perry, her dark, moody, and much older first love. Ellen injects insight, wisdom in hindsight, and humor into these slice of life stories.