The Atheist
and the Parrotfish
A Novel

A doctor’s religious doubt is shaken by a transplant patient’s eerie knowledge of his organ donor’s most intimate secret.

Nephrologist Cullen Brodie’s disbelief in the afterlife is tested when a cross-dressing transplant patient exhibits behaviors and traits of his female organ donor—details about whom the patient inexplicably knows. The patient’s eerie knowledge of his donor’s greatest secret forces Cullen to consider the unimaginable: transmigration of a human soul. READ MORE

FROM THE BLOG

Welcome!

Hello again, and welcome to my new website! It has been quite a while since my last post because, well, it took a long time to finish my next novel. But I finally have and I wanted to share the news. The Atheist and the Parrotfish is due for publication in May of...

The Benefits of Literary Fiction

The Benefits of Literary Fiction The genre I write in is literary fiction, which appears to be unique in its ability to affect human behavior. I have previously written about a biologic basis for empathy. Now researchers have demonstrated...

The Art of Medicine and The Art of Fiction (Excerpt)

The Art of Medicine and The Art of Fiction (Excerpt From Author Interview in back matter to The Atheist and the Parrotfish) What do the art of medicine and the art of fiction have in common? More than you might think. I try to create complex characters that are three...

From the Publisher

“Medicine and religion intersect in a literary novel sure to fascinate, and quite possibly, to entice you to examine your own beliefs.”

RICHARD BARAGER

By day I’m a nephrologist, treating dialysis patients and kidney transplant recipients. By night I write fiction. I believe the two finest callings in life are doctor and writer, one ministering to the human condition, the other illuminating it, each capable of transforming it.

I earned BA and MD degrees at the University of Minnesota and did my postgraduate training at Emory University in Atlanta and the University of California in San Diego. I live now in Orange County, CA.

I am a champion of the healing power of literature and sometimes prescribe novels or short stories to patients to help them cope with illness. Fiction explores meaning in a way science cannot. Sometimes only fiction tells the truth. READ MORE