November 24, 2009

Yolanda Christian

WHAT'S THE BOOK ABOUT?
Jolenta dos Rem├ędios, a brilliant but naive artist, goes to Portuguese Macau in search of roots.

Jolenta arrives in Peckham High Street, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Edward Hopper. Subdued by Tom and Kris, and their elitist way of life on the Sumner Road council estate, she takes what the Slade School of Art has to offer… and paints in the dark. Whatever happens – it’s her lack of belonging, and quest to establish herself as an artist, that drives her forward. This novel of magical realism is both poignant and laugh-out-loud.

Jolenta feels halfway whole and half way real, because her mother refuses to talk about the past. She goes to Los Angeles to meet the legendary Great Aunty Cheeki dos Rem├ędios. The octogenarian tells stories about Alvege, the Macanese people -- her people -- and about pirates on the South China Sea. This inspires the young and impressionable artist to take the journey of a lifetime.


STOP PRESS:
Eye of an Artist, Part One, was longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition 2013. It's available here for PC or Mac. Two short readings from the novel are presented below.


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“After the end of Portuguese Macau, all the memories start fading and each time an old person dies is a moment of no return. That's why your interpretation is so valid and useful.”  
Dr. Jorge Forjaz, author of 'Familias Macaenses'

Click here for a culturally-relevant link.
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* Macanese people of the former Portuguese colony Macau established in 1557, now under SAR [50 year administrative rule to China since 1st July 1997].
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LATEST REVIEW ON WWW.AMAZON.CO.UK here
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"A hugely entertaining read with vibrant characterisation; a tremendous feel for location... without trying to say too much (spoilers), Jolenta's Peckham and life with Tom and Kris seemed like a prelude, as once the dizziness of L.A. with Dora and Cheeki hit the page, I personally just had to keep turning the page..."

FAVORITE READS: 
House of Spirits, Isabel Allende
The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By, Georges Simenon
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Brian Moore
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