Gadly Plain is a new novel written by J. Michael Dew, and it was my pleasure to do the a large illustration for each chapter and the two dedication pages! See some of them below.
It is published by Cladach Publishing and you can buy it on Amazon for around 10 bucks here!:
It was my privilege to work on this beautiful book. It is about a girl who goes to her grandparent’s ranch after her father dies. As she’s grappling with her loss she meets a mentally challenged man who claims a donkey talks to him.
As we hear the donkey’s stories through him, we and the girl
are confronted with the decision of whether or not to believe
stories about events we have only heard about through ancient scriptures and texts. And within that decision lies the decision of whether or not we believe life can be better, we can be healed, and that we were made for a purpose.the donkey’s personal
I would have been proud to have written this book, with the elegance J. Michael Dew wields and the message he so beautifully delivers. It is a sad and beautiful book, holding hope and despair in a suspenseful tug of war until the very end.
“Splendidly written … You will give yourself over to the girl, Spring-baby, and to her life of wonder with a donkey that does not die.” ~ Terry Kay, award-winning author ofTo Dance with the White Dog
“As a reader, it’s not often I come across a small literary miracle, an
unexpected gift.Gadly Plain is that type of book. It sweeps us up into the rich yet simple world of an orphaned girl and a mysterious donkey, a world both familiar and mystical, melancholic and full of hope. Do yourself a favor and open this gift..” ~ Eric Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Fireproof, 2 Seconds Late and October Baby
“Riveting. The author’s narrative is “Gadly Plain is a meditative, coming-of-age novel that wades through the grief of a young girl, yet in subtle flashes of revelation, offers a biting commentary on life, death, and the foibles of the human condition.” ~ForeWord Reviews
strong and beautiful with a powerful climax. I’m still digesting the story and the images he created.” ~ Beverly Coons, educator