THE LAST HARBOR
Deane H. Shapiro, Jr
“Evocative and intelligent,”* this novella, written when the author was 23, takes place on a day celebrating an older couple’s 40th anniversary. It describes the man, as he prepares to give his final lecture on the wisdom of Zen study and practice that evening; the woman as she prepares for their afternoon tea ceremony, and their time alone and apart throughout the day as they reminisce about their life, their hopes, the challenges they have and do face, and the sparks of love between them.
* Michael Curtis, reviewing the submission for the Atlantic Monthly,
Johanna comments: Really well-written, cohesive novella, sometimes painful and sometimes surprisingly touching –like life! It reads partly like an exquisite haiku and partly like a Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf vicious free-for-all disturbing efforts toward Zen-like calmness wisdom.. It portrays an elderly couple’s attempt to bridge the gaps that have arisen between them and the real love they still share.