Life in the Lion’s Mouth

by James R. Dubbs

The-Naphils-Kiss
Greenwich Village, folk music, a traveling circus, the road, and first love: Life in the Lion’s Mouth will delight anyone who came of age in the 60s or wishes they had… Set in 1962, Life in the Lion’s Mouth is the “Beat-lite” story of seventeen-year-old loner Robert Campbell. Desperate to escape his hometown, Robert embraces his dead father’s long-ago advice to “live life in the lion’s mouth” and joins a small traveling circus.
But when Robert meets new-hire Anna–an aspiring folksinger who instantly re-names him “Bobby”–his life is upended and he embarks on a seminal journey that tests his loyalty to the circus and leads him to the outskirts of the Greenwich Village folk scene and The Cafe Flame.There, among the Cafe’s eclectic cast of artists, sages, and fools, Robert confronts his buried past and truly discovers “life in the lion’s mouth.”
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