This is Terry's writing at his best. The book is gently written in it's styling. The characters are fully fleshed out, but the story is told softly, without hard edges and chaos. This tells the story of a band of homeless misfits who manage to share their lives with each other, care for one another and become their own special family.
When Arthur arrives on the scene, a man who seems incapable of seeing bad in anyone, they quickly enfold him into their group. What follows is a story of compassion, human strengths and growth.
This story leads you to feel that perhaps the next time you see some homeless/eccentric looking characters on the street, you should take a second or even a third look before you brush them off as vermin.
Mercer University Press
When Arthur Benjamin
steps from a Greyhound bus in Savannah, Georgia, he is immediately
robbed by an affable street magician named Hamby Cahill.
It is Hamby's first act of thievery and the remorse of it so overwhelms
him that he finds lodging for Arthur in The Castle, a warehouse
supposedly owned by Melinda McFadden, an eccentric and fragile grande
dame of imagined aristocracy who is known as Lady to the strange
assembly of street people she has arbitrarily selected to be her Guests.
There, Arthur finds his family-an ex-con shoplifter, a disgruntled
seamstress, a young artist suspected of being a hooker, and a former
boxer known as Lightning.
For Arthur, it is the company that will change
his life, as he, in turn, will change the lives of everyone he
Yet, he does not know he will become entangled with political arrogance
over a minor traffic mishap, or be targeted for brutality. He does not
know he will encounter Wally Whitmire, proponent of the Destiny of the
Dominoes, or that he will become an unqualified mayoral candidate put
forth to serve as an irritant to the incumbent Harry Geiger. And he does
not know he will be looked upon by the people of Savannah-fortunate and
unfortunate, alike-as an icon, a beloved figure who wears a cape of
invented royalty and distributes paper flowers made of cocktail napkins
as gifts of comfort. Arthur knows only that he has found his place and