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Painted Oxen by Thomas Lloyd Qualls

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Two men, three realms, one goal: to find the heart of the world.

Painted Oxen is a novel of transcendence, one that not only invites its readers into its story, but somehow enmeshes them in its alchemy, leaving them changed in unexpected ways at its journeys end. Bridging the worlds of ancient Tibet and modern-day India, Painted Oxen weaves a tale of two men—one young, one old—on parallel journeys. Their separate-but-connected pilgrimages are equal parts internal and external.

The old man, a Tibetan monk, is searching for a sacred hidden valley known to bring enlightenment to those who enter it. The young man is backpacking through India, searching for a guru or the love of his life; he doesn’t care which. A mysterious red-haired woman who resembles an ancient goddess appears in a series of dream chapters that tie the two journeys together.

The underlying theme of the novel is the transformation of the human heart, which is required to arrive at any true change in our lives. With its authentic voices, unforgettable characters, and well-crafted story, Painted Oxen successfully bridges the worlds of literary and spiritual fiction, adding something new and authentic to the literary landscape.

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Thomas Lloyd Qualls

      

Thomas Lloyd Qualls is a writer, a condition that is apparently incurable. He lives and writes in the high desert beauty of Northern Nevada. He is the author of two novels, the former owner of a music festival, an attorney who has overturned two death sentences, and a one-time vagabond who regularly wandered the globe with a backpack and three changes of clothes.

His second novel Painted Oxen is now available from Homebound Publications (Trade Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 256pgs, ISBN 9781947003378, List $17.95). The novel has won several literary awards, including the 2018 Landmark Prize for Fiction, Best New Fiction at the 2019 American Fiction Awards, and Silver and Bronze awards at the 2019 CIPA Awards.

His debut novel Waking Up At Rembrandt’s received national critical acclaim. The Midwest Book Review called it, “an impressive debut novel showcasing an undeniably talented and imaginative author.” Writer’s Digest remarked, “The range of creative effort on display here is a bit breathtaking…a skilled writer with an appealing way with words.”

With all his work, he seeks to build bridges between people and to foster positive curiosity about each other and this beautiful crazy world. You can follow his trail of words and his other misadventures at www.tlqonline.com.

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