Portrait of a Rainbow as a Young Man | Novel | Todd Crawshaw

Portrait of a Rainbow …

Portrait of a Rainbow as a Young Man (aka Doberman’s Angel)

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During a snow flurry the week before Christmas, a young girl gives a blanket to a homeless man living on the streets, a simple gift that ends up saving both of their lives.

A shy young boy is struck by lightning after witnessing a rainbow on Christmas morning and survives but is scarred physically and transformed spiritually.

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Portrait of a Rainbow as a Young Man is a tale of two stories intertwined, chronicling lives of chaos and serendipity, adversity and creativity, misfortune and fortitude. The novel’s title is a symbolic metaphor for a literary portrait of a transformation – an inspiration – a mercurial vision of hope.

Tagline: End of the Rainbow meets Lightning in a Bottle

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The idea for Portrait of a Rainbow was inspired by three sources: Voltaire’s Candide, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and the fable, The Ant and the Grasshopper. The book Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert, which explores the mystery behind the process of creativity, is a good example of how this story came to be. Quoting from one of the protagonists in Portrait of a Rainbow: “I only know the moment was magical. The same way notes of music, arranged in a special sequence, can come to you, as if magically. It’s the mystery of all creation. It arrives unexpectedly. Fleetingly.”

The story is iconic, concise, and memorable. It is a literary fable in novella form, intentionally short. A page-turner which can be read in one sitting. It is an antidepressant, uplifting tale, perfect for these best of times and worst of times we live in.

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