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“Beautifully written, rolling, fantastical tale that engages the reader and makes us
want to accompany this young boy on his wild and woolly journey. Replete with odd,
magical characters and mystical knowledge of how to be–and to become–and finally
to understand change. Also a touching father/son connection embraces the whole
story. A terrific read.”

Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones
and Old Friend From Far Away.

“The Cellar Door is a beautiful painting, but paint and a brush did not create
the image. The image was created with words, and they, inexorably, drew me into
Sam’s world.
   Imagery does not occur on the writer's page; it occurs in the reader's mind.
Brett’s ability to see with what I call “the third eye” is uncanny. The third eye is
the eye of imagination and memory. What that third eye–that inner eye–can see
is infinite. He enabled me to use my own third eye. I didn’t see words on a page.
I saw and became part of a magical alternate universe. The Cellar Door allowed
me to roam free and unfettered in that dimension.
   Brett accomplished something that is rare and more elusive than the pot of
gold at the end of the rainbow, and I thank him for sharing a world of infinite
possibilities with me.”

Barry Morrow, Academy Award-winning screenwriter
of Rain Man