Yes, summer is nearly over. The children go back to school on Monday. I will start hustling for contracts and sending in my queries for my next novel, ‘The Girl with the White Suitcase’. For some lucky fellows, the need for ‘beach read’ ideas continue. DisplacedDispatches.com contacted me for my recommendations… see below.
First, our summer… Croatia, my husband’s boyhood paradise. My mornings spent walking my dog each morning to an empty cove nearby, a winding path through the pine trees bordering the turquoise sea.
It is stunningly beautiful and quiet. I found my peace once again after a hard year.
When the ‘Bora’ storms buffeted the village, we stayed in and made Lebanese lentils and lamb rogan josh, eating by candlelight when the electricity failed. I painted the harmony I felt, a swirling abstract of waves passing over stones… and I enjoyed myself.
Later, I traveled to England to explore the Jurassic coast of the South West. I firmly believe that even third culture kids need roots, some knowledge of their parents upbringing.
With mother and father childhood summers covered, I returned home satiated, to wait out the last few weeks in the sultry heat of Lazio in August.
Displaced Dispatches, an online journal for expatriate creatives contacted me to ask for recommendations for last-minute summer reads: A beach read, a book for airport delays and a back to school/ work book. To go to the full article, click here
I recommended a wonderful, clever little book of short stories ‘Don’t Try this At Home’ by Angela Readman as my beach read. Mainly for people with distractions (i.e. children needing ice cream/ lunch/ pedalo peddling), these short stories are perfect to dive into and devour in a half hour sitting.
My airport read? Well, I figured the boredom of a delay required something a little meaty, yet satirical, funny yet serious. I recommended ‘The White Tiger’ by Aravind Ardiga.
Lastly for the back to work: Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish caught my fancy. If you can’t read violence, then Sanjeev Sahota, The Year of the Runaways. Both relatively new, they deal with the light and dark of immigrant life as a blue collar/ illegal worker in the West.
I was very happy to see that another ‘expat creative’, author Jennifer S. Alderson of
Travelling Life Press recommended MY book in her recommended reads list…
‘The Disobedient Wife’ is an expatriate/ local story from Tajikistan, the story of two very different women against a backdrop of violence, betrayal and the murky world of drug trafficking…
For further information, go to amazon or to the website for Cinnamon Press, my publisher here
Happy September my fellow book lovers and bloggers ❤