This is Mark Almand's first book, a tribute to his father. The book explores fatherhood, faith, conflict and a powerful relationship through Mark's eyes as he experiences and tries to understand the impact one man can have on another. A family walks together through the days leading up to and following its iconic leader's death: Surgeries, denial that this is happening, reparation of relationships, release. The book uses poetry and prose, which helps elicit different kinds of emotions and bring different kinds of insights.
Mark hopes the book will help people resolve issues from their pasts by bringing them to the surface. "I believe art helps us access our deeper selves," he says. "It pierces the walls and insulation we put around pain. Eventually those things need to come up and into the light so we can acknowledge and understand them." Claude's Canvas works like that for some people. It sneaks up on readers, helps them see themselves and their pasts and face life's questions.
The book is a one-day read for most people.
Foreword by Jeff Goins.