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Alameda, CA

Deak Wooten's first novel was 2011's Eyes of the Stag: A story of betrayal, consequence, and redemption. His second novel, Calaf and Ishmael: A Tale of Turandot, will be published in 2015. In 2008 he edited and published a collection of short stories by Eleanor Frothingham Haworth, missionary and educator in 19th century Japan. A collector of vintage photographs, he published Best Friend: Men and Boys and Their Canine Companions (2009) and three volumes of his collection. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his husband Paul and their devoted beagle Rambo.


Eyes of the Stag

Eyes of the Stag

Highly respected, middle-aged university professor Alan Rudgear, his wife Sylvia, and their son Clint were living a secure, comfortable, happy life. Or so they thought.

Nine months ago Alan’s best friend, Gerald, was sent to prison. While consoling Becky, Alan seduces her, a decision that brings his life crashing down around him.

With Gerald’s release looming, Alan must come to terms not only with his betrayal and its terrible consequences but also the unspeakable horror he experienced as a boy.


From the Author's Postscript:

As I hoped, readers have approached the novel along different paths.

Some get caught up by the story itself, plunging into Alan’s journey just as he experiences it, in all its non-linear “where am I?” and “what’s going on?” confusion and puzzlement.

Others pick up on the hero’s journey and use that understanding to follow Alan as he moves through his inner world.

And some connect with and are moved by the struggle to come to terms with childhood abuse that underpins the story.

The movement back and forth in time and the shifting story line give the book a greater depth and complexity without making it confusing once you realize what is happening. One roots for Alan to make amends and get it right and he does, but not in a way you would have foreseen in this very imaginative tale.
— Amazon reviewer Bob Johnson
Reads like a short story but packs the punch of a longer novel. Well written, good read pulled me in. I couldnt put it down for three nights until I finished it. Students of psychology, survivors of trauma, and practitioners of healing modalities will appreciate the authentic first person narrative through the drama and the unfolding of a more spiritual self of one man.
— Amazon reviewer Nan Lee