Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Military Fiction, Speculative Fiction,
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, and 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.
Featured Books by
RED CLAY, YELLOW GRASS
(A Novel of the 1960s)
Historical Fiction /
Literary Fiction /
A startlingly vivid portrayal of the 1960s, as seen through the eyes of two ill-fated college lovers. The story of their generation spills across some of the era’s most iconic settings: the legendary battleground of Khe Sanh; a Midwestern campus riven by dissent; and Altamont Speedway, scene of the notorious rock festival that ended the Sixties.
Booklist says: “…Barager’s dynamic, passionate, often moving exploration of the turbulent and politically divided 1960s… is striking. The cast of complicated characters adds arresting human dimensions.”
Kirkus Indie says: “Barager spins a compelling tale of youthful passion, both personal and political… a rich, satisfying experience. A well-written, gripping novel that expertly blends fact and fiction, love and conviction.”
THE ATHEIST AND THE PARROTFISH
Fiction: Literary, Medical,
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.
Pinnacle Book Achievement
Award – Best Literary Fiction
IndieReader’s Best Reviewed
Books of 2017 – Literary Fiction
Book Awards (IPPY) –
Best Cover – Fiction
National Indie Excellence
Awards – Contemporary
Novel, General Fiction
Next Generation Indie
Book Awards –