A starry-eyed jokester drunk on easy love and the bottle – a shattering moment that will change his life forever.
Harry Rechthart always knew how to laugh, but laughter can hide a lot of pain that’s drowned by the bottle and good times. He grew up the jokester in the early 1900s in Cleveland, but as he enters adulthood, conflict splits him. His once close relationship with his brother, Erik, breaks as they come into their own and Erik goes off to college. No longer under Erik’s shadow, Harry feels he might finally shine and make others proud.
He finds an unlikely comrade who understands how he feels–his younger sister, Hannah. Once free of high school, Harry and Hannah date sister and brother, Kat and Will Jones, attending wild, extravagant parties during the years of Prohibition. Harry thinks he’s won at life–he’s found love in Kat, in a good time, and in the bottle. But all the light goes out fast when Harry’s alcoholism leads to disastrous consequences for him and Kat.
Harry thinks the joke’s on him now that he’s sunk lower than ever. He’s in jail. He’s pushed away his family. He’s a broken man, but in the darkest depths of a prison cell, there is hope. Can Harry rebuild his life and learn that true laughter comes from knowing true joy, or will he bury himself once and for all in this laughing matter of pain?
Join me as Brian Callanan, Emmy-winning TV host and producer with over 25 years of experience, interviews me in “Inside the Audiobooth.” I had the immense pleasure of working with Brian for the production of the audiobook of A Laughing Matter of Pain. His talent brought my words to new life a way I never could have imagined. A Laughing Matter of Pain is available on Audible.