In the words of Bob Dylan, “He not busy being born is busy dying.” All our lives we have opportunities to reinvent ourselves, to become born again.
We do this in many ways, often without thinking of it as such. We grow up, get married, have children, and change careers, becoming, in one way or another, different people.
For little Dawn Sawyer, reinvention was more than a conscious decision. It was a passion going back to her early childhood. Born to a single mom in a rural Mississippi trailer park, she knew she was destined for greater things.
“Do you know what the difference is between a worm and a caterpillar?” she’d ask the kids who tormented her. “I may be a caterpillar now, but someday I’ll be a butterfly. And you’ll still be a worm.”
As a young adult, Dawn’s travels take her from the small town of Clewiston to the card tables of Tunica, where she parlays her eidetic memory and gift for counting cards into a small fortune. Blessed with an IQ of 180 and perfect grades, she gains admission, first to Case Western Reserve University and then to Harvard Business School. Along the way, she undergoes cosmetic surgery and changes her name to Dina Savage.
The one part of her past she can never escape, however, is the memory of Dennis Ramsey, the man who molested her when she was thirteen years old.
Now, years later, she has put all this out of her mind, or so she thinks. She has a successful career and the promise of a relationship with a wealthy and soon-to-be-famous artist.
When a concert date to Atlanta’s Chastain Park turns to nightmare, she finds herself, once again, fighting to regain the humanity that others have tried to deny her. In the end, Dina discovers that reinvention is a continuing process.
Fly Away: The Metamorphosis of Dina Savage, the latest novel from Ray Dan Parker, is now available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon. For information on author book signings and other events, follow @RayDanParker on Twitter or https://www.facebook.com/raydanparker.