A Provocative Story for the Eyes, Ears, and Imagination
Dare to descend with a mercurial goddess into the depths of an allegorical gold mine to unearth the redemptive power of passion and belief.
“Shapero is a spellbinding storyteller."
Howard Frank Mosher
About The Hope We Seek
What kind of vision, and subterfuge, might it take to inspire the kind of belief that drives human aspiration and achievement?
Zachary Knox, a sharpshooter known as “the Bull’s-Eye Telepath,” heads north in search of gold. On his way, he meets Sephy, a magnetic woman on the trail of her lost brother. But on arrival, they find the mining camp is home to a cult. The mine boss, Trevillian, rules the camp like a despotic priest, and at the center of his faith is Hope, an elusive goddess for whom the miners toil, enduring increasingly perilous trials as they pursue her into the depths of the earth.
Zack determines to overthrow Trevillian, guided by Sephy’s cryptic directions—until Hope appears and reveals the astonishing future she has in mind for him.
With epic force and seductive allegory, The Hope We Seek transports us to a netherworld of danger and allure—where arduous labor, sustained by unwavering belief, promises an unearthly reward. Rich Shapero holds a dark mirror to the passions that drive us, and the extremes to which we go to find meaning in our lives.Download the entire book as PDF
Creating The Hope We Seek
In The Hope We Seek, Rich Shapero assays human aspiration.
Says Rich, “There’s a clearly-defined moment for most of us when we enter the adult world. Often it occurs when schooling ends. It’s a threatening time, full of doubt, fears of the unknown, fears of failure. We know it’s going to be a long road. But we have aspirations. And most of us don’t have a choice. Earning a living is a matter of survival. So despite our dread, we plunge in. We find work. The work isn’t what we dreamt of doing, but we hope it will lead to something better. Our aspirations remain with us. If we grit it out we might get there. Somehow. Some day.
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About the Music
The music, Songs from the Big Wheel, is performed by a female singer and musicians during the course of the story.
“The camp madam, Salt Lick, writes these songs for the purpose of entertaining and encouraging the miners. She’s creating a connection between what goes on in the alcoves and what’s going on in the mine.
“The songs also reflect the tenor of the camp—their progress in the diggings and their emotional state, as seen through Salt Lick’s eyes. The miners live with these songs in their ears, so phrases from them emerge in their dialogue. The songs are a part of the world of the mine. And they were with me during the writing of the novel. As with my other projects, the music and lyrics evolved with the story.”