Apotheosis of My Butterfly embraces death and renewal, leavened with humorous and insightful repartee about art, nature, and creativity. As Edouard and Melissa develop their butterfly garden they fight to maintain their marriage against internal doubt and external forces. Physical needs and medical treatment of amputees, sexuality, grief, and death, are described frankly. Managed care malfeasance foreshadows a dramatic medical malpractice settlement. Indictment of the medical and legal professions is pointed, and serves as both caution and support to readers undergoing similar struggles. Poignantly Apotheosis of My Butterfly portrays marriage and life celebration through work, determination, art and love.
Charles Shoemake, born near Big Foot Texas and educated at the University of Texas, managed and developed missile and tracking systems software for the aerospace industry. Spooks hovered above that opus. He forsook that sphere to write and develop The Butterfly Field near Thornburg, Virginia. Hobbies include gardening; building design, construction, and furnishing; shooting; writing; and art and antique collecting. He animates his female sculptures through prose and juxtaposition of complementary art and found objects. Charles and wife Ellen are currently constructing a nymphaeum on their 56 acre farm where flora and fauna flourish.