November 24, 2009

Yolanda Christian

WHAT'S THE BOOK ABOUT?
Jolenta dos Remedios is a young brilliant but naive painter, who goes to Portuguese Macau in search of her roots. The story begins in a Peckham council flat in 1982, and ends in Malacca in the year 2030. Part One spans the first 16 years.
Feisty Cheeki dos Remedios was my great aunt, who at eighty-nine years of age could not remember much about Hong Kong, Macau, the Macanese people, war, and why California? So, I researched, travelled, and wrote this story using my experience of diaspora and work as a professional artist. Cheeki passed away some years ago and would have loved the humour and pathos of Eye of an ArtistClick on the tab above and read the first four pages. 
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, Isabelle Allende
The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By, Georges Simenon
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Brian Moore
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