The Atrium
  • After a horrific car crash on his way to a celebration, a man finds himself trapped within an atrium that is lined with a series of framed pictures. He soon discovers there is no choice but to relive a sequence of traumatic events which have shaped his life up to that point. He is faced with the confrontation of self, undisputedly the hardest issue a human being can forcibly encounter.

    The Atrium causes him to examine and confront his own inner turmoil, leading to a discovery of both morals and motives and their application in each situation, casting an entirely different light on the treatment of those around him. There is a realization that we have the capacity for change and the ability to create an existence filled with compassion and purpose beyond self. He struggles with life and death decisions that could determine his future on earth or in the great beyond.

    A Review

    "The Atrium" by Solitaire Parke is a thought-provoking exploration of the human condition, masterfully crafted within the confines of a mysterious and symbolic atrium. The narrative unfolds after a harrowing car crash, trapping the protagonist in a space adorned with framed pictures that serve as gateways to pivotal moments in his life. What follows is a poignant journey of self-reflection, forcing the protagonist to confront the traumas and decisions that have shaped his existence.

    Solitaire skillfully weaves a tale that delves into the complexity of human nature, presenting the protagonist with the challenge of reliving past events. This unique narrative device creates a rich tapestry of emotions, as the character grapples with the consequences of his actions and the motivations that drove them. The atrium becomes a crucible for self-discovery, compelling the protagonist to scrutinize his own morality and motives.

    The novel navigates through a series of life-altering decisions, prompting a profound examination of compassion, purpose, and the interconnectedness of our actions. Solitaire Parke invites readers to contemplate the capacity for change within ourselves and the transformative power of empathy.

    The struggle between life and death decisions adds a layer of suspense, creating an engaging and immersive experience for readers. As the protagonist faces the prospect of determining his fate, the narrative unfolds with a delicate balance between introspection and external consequences.

    In "The Atrium," Solitaire Parke crafts a narrative that transcends the boundaries of time and space, offering readers a profound meditation on the human experience. The novel prompts reflection on the choices we make, the impact on those around us, and the potential for redemption and growth. "The Atrium" is more than a story; it is a compelling exploration of the human psyche, urging readers to consider the transformative power of self-awareness and the enduring possibility of a life filled with compassion and purpose.
    - Emilee Jackson