About Joe Peas: Who is Joe Peas? Is he a simple Italian immigrant house painter, or is he a complicated man with much to hide, even from himself? When the aging painter develops health problems, his life intersects with that of family physician James King. Dr. King is drawn to the curious Italian, whose life is a stark contrast to his own orderly life. The free-spirited painter and doctor forge a unique friendship—a friendship that only grows when Joe breaks a hip, and becomes a patient in a long-term care facility where he does rehabilitation under Dr. King's care. As Joe interacts with other residents at the facility, he learns of their struggles, their triumphs, and witnesses their close relationships with their families. The spirited little Italian enriches the lives of the other patients—and encounters with the residents change Joe in ways he never expected. Through these interactions, Joe realizes just how much he missed in his own life. While Joe struggles to come to term with his past, Dr. King faces his own struggles living in a community that values conformity over individual expression. Eager to help his friend, Joe hatches a plan. But that plan—as colorful and vibrant as Joe himself—sets in motion a chain of events that sheds light on the secrets of the enigmatic painter. Things are not always what they seem on the surface. Could there be more—much more—to Joe Peas than meets the eye? And will the truth about the mysterious painter finally be unveiled?
An extraordinary story that will stay with readers long after the final page is turned, Joe Peas is irresistible. Tender and touching, thoughtful and thought provoking, Joe Peas is filled with unforgettable characters that come to life within the novel's pages. Informed by Sam Newsome's experiences as a physician and educator, Joe Peas is a powerful story about true healing.
Dr. Sam Newsome is a life-long resident of King, North Carolina. In his forty-year career in family medicine and geriatrics, Dr. Newsome has supported the local hospital, health department and long-term care facilities. Dr. Newsome's debut novel, Jackie, was awarded the Garcia Memorial Prize for independent fiction book of the year in 2015. Joe Peas, Sam Newsome's latest novel, is published by Lulu. Visit Sam Newsome online at: www.drsamnewsome.com
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