Foxes Have Dens
Author: Dennis Johns
Byron Larson is exasperated. He hates his job, and he is in an
ongoing conflict with his wife. He picks up on a whim two equally desperate hitchhikers, William and Jimmy, and the three concoct a scheme for an ambitious social work project. Clarissa tells Byron she is divorcing him, and the three fugitives rent a motel room. They experience hectic misadventures. But when they meet Father Tom and join the prayer community at his church, their destinies really begin to unfold.
About the Author
Dennis Johns lives in the beautiful Napa Valley of California. He has been a serious writer since the 1970s. He has published another novel, Every Good Gift, a poetry chapbook, A Stairway in the Mist, and many poems in journals. He has had significant difficulties in his life, but his faith has helped him immensely. So his writing concerns the dynamics of faith. His greatest desire for his work is that his readers see the reality of God through it.
From the Book...
Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.
-Luke 9:58 (NAB)
William and Jimmy sat on the bench in front of Admitting. There the cabs stopped to let out visitors and the Highway Patrol cars pulled up with court-committed patients. One had brought William there four months before; Jimmy, seven. As William sat there, dully medicated, the warm sunlight felt like a thick, coarse garment on his skin. This only added to his emerging depression. The hip, fortyish cabbie hadn't been around since early last week, and now it was Wednesday of another week. To reassure himself, William pulled the wallet from his back pocket and, without removing them, counted the bills inside.
Twenty one's. They were still all there. It had taken him three weeks to collect them. He was vouchsafed just a dollar a day from the money his mother sent to the ward for him, but for him to refrain from spending it at the canteen was easy. He was determined. He had to get out of that place.