The Consequence of Stars is not a traditional memoir. Its center is not about dysfunction or overwhelming grief, but rather the story of searching. It is a memoir-in-essays about the longing for home, in all its meanings, an examination of a modern life that has forever been attempting to find balance and its place in the world.
In The Consequence of Stars, the author revisits his parents' lifelong love affair with their hometown and one another despite life-threatening odds. He recalls a solo and revealing cross-country train ride and a spiritual awakening in the Navajo Nation, journeys representing his search. He plays guitar with Jack Kerouac groupies at the writer's former Florida home, hunts for the ghost of Hemingway in the attic of his birthplace home, and sets out to build a Thoreau-like writer’s shed where he hopes to discover an artistic space, an artist's home.
He did not always live in the usual mold, forever longing for more than what was expected of the typical modern American man—the next big job and the house in the suburbs—and instead yearned for something deeper. A few months before his 60th birthday and after the tragic death of his sister to drugs and alcohol, David decided to consider this lifelong longing and retrace the steps of his past to understand why he has always been, in so many ways, a dreamer and why, like so many of us, he has been forever searching for home.
Paperback: 208 pages
Publishing date: May 1, 2019
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
Price: $19.60 (paperback) $7.99 (e-book)
David W. Berner is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and associate professor at Columbia College Chicago.
His first book, Accidental Lessons (Strategic Publishing) was awarded the 2011 Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature. His memoir, October Song, won the Royal Dragonfly Award in 2017. His second memoir, Any Road Will Take You There (Dream of Things Publishing) won the 2013 Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Writer's Association for Indie nonfiction and was short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize. The Chicago Book Review named his collection of essays, There’s a Hamster in the Dashboard, a “Book of the Year” in 2015. David has been published in a number of literary magazines, online journals, and in Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts. He also writes a blog on the creative process at www.constantstory.com and another on his regular walks with his dog at www.walkswithsam.com.
In 2011, David was named the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac Project. He lived and worked in Kerouac's historic home in Orlando, Florida for three months. In 2015, David was named the Writer-in-Residence at the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, IL.
David is also a radio journalist, reporting and anchor for Chicago’s WBBM Newsradio and a regular contributor to the CBS Radio Network. David’s audio documentaries have been heard on public radio stations across America.
David grew up in Pittsburgh but now lives with his wife outside Chicago where he plays guitar and cares for his dog, Sam.