Books By J.N. Pratley
Leto’s Journey (Vantage Press)
A tale of Theodora, a single, lonely-hearted psychologist who invites five other professionals to join her on a summer cruise of the Greek isles. She finds a surprising resolution to her emotional desires.
The Green Helix (Create Space, Amazon)
A Lothario in a lab coat thinks he has discovered a nonhereditary DNA in his electron microscope that defies our notions of free will and determinism. Travels to the Greek islands transform his obsession with the DNA into revelation about the nature of love, beauty, truth, and Platonic ideals.
A Mainia of Love (Xlibris, Amazon)
A Classic professor on leave to write a biography of a famous ancient Greek poet falls in love with a French waitress, testing old and new ideas about the repercussions of adultery.
A Not Too Gay Life (Amazon)
Introverted Zeke, a budding biophysicist, and extroverted Marion, an aspiring humanistic psychologist, meet while in graduate school in Texas in 1957. They find the differences in their disciplines and temperaments provocative and enticing, and the young men are immediately attracted to each other. Zeke and Marion are soon inseparable, and after graduation they both accept academic jobs in California. The counterculture and sexual freedom of 1960s California provide the perfect environment for Zeke and Marion, and they flourish both in their professions and in their relationship. But when Zeke feels their lifestyle has become too extreme, Marion and Zeke begin to argue, and a sharp division between their respective philosophies drives them into the arms of other lovers. These infidelities prove unsatisfying, and Zeke and Marion recommit to each other. Though they are often parted during leaves and sabbaticals abroad, they arrange reunions that reinforce their mutual love and respect and the deeper meanings of their relationship. But is this new intellectual form of Platonic love strong enough to survive the strain brought on by the death of loved ones and Marion’s descent into alcoholism?
Doris Auf Naxos (Amazon)
On the Greek islands of Paros and Naxos, an American professor recalls the legendary abandonment of Ariadne and Neobule. By coincidence, he meets a young American cellist abandoned by a German industrialist. Her eccentric behavior, however, befuddles him. He theorizes that her free spirit and seemingly licentious behavior belie some kind of modern tragedy, but he despairs to find its cause. Ultimately, induced by the mystical aura of the Greek islands, it is revealed, and its outcome rattles the professor’s life to the core.
“Arboretum Again” – Jet Fuel Review, Fall 2013
“Mayarista” – Amarillo Bay, May 2014
“Figs” – Green Briar Review, Fall 2016
“Toula’s Bullets” – Glint, Winter 2017