When a severely deformed corpse lands on his embalming table, skilled mortician, Horace Carver is forced to confront his apathy towards life and the dark secrets hidden within himself, his family, and his hometown of Always, Indiana.
This stylized novel uses mythology as a base for a narrative that examines the nature of life by exploring the ways we die.
Ernest Gordon Taulbee grew up in a small town in Eastern Kentucky called Salyersville. He received both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Upon completing his MA he moved to Louisville -- where he has lived most of his adult life.
Love of reading and writing has been a theme in his life. Through the decade and a half since he finished his MA, Mr. Taulbee has worked a variety of jobs, from populating a cubicle in a large corporation to making and selling mead. Throughout his whole life, writing has remained his singular professional and artistic passion.
Della and Aquila Rose begin to connect. Dr. Ellsworth fears that Della is developing the bond with Aquila Rose out of her memory of losing her baby in a late miscarriage.
Della is dying of cancer, and, in the process, she and Aquila Rose are becoming one.
A Sibling in Always
Her body is a cage, she continued to say, and will only be truly knowing the person inside Aquila Rose’s clean visage should she ever be free. If I may find a way, I will appease her.