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About the Author: Karan Rekasie Henley Haugh has had a lifetime devoted to writing. In fifth grade, she won the contest for an essay on “Why I Love America.” She grew up in a former coal mining village, Rural Ridge, Pennsylvania, about 23 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, not far from the Allegheny River. She had the good fortune to be a student in one of the best public school systems in the country, Fox Chapel Area Schools, from which she won a Senatorial Scholarship to start her off her studies at The University of Pittsburgh. She has written twenty books, which she is happily in the process of seeing published. She is presently living in Prescott, Arizona with her husband Robert, who is a poet, and their blue-point Siamese Sylvie. The prior seven years were spent in Northern California, from where she composed her book “River People,” which she hopes is on the slate for publication. Karan has done a wide variety of amazing things like raising Siamese kittens, working as a Realtor, and thoroughly remodeling a duplex in Pittsburgh from basement to roof. For all this time she has also been running an editing concern firstname.lastname@example.org. Her email is email@example.com.However, she is currently busy getting her books in order.
K R Morrison
on Jan. 27, 2014 :
Elizabeth is an artist—sensitive, free-spirited, and entirely at odds with what she wants. In fact, she really isn’t too sure of what it is she actually does want. Flitting from relationship to relationship, she thinks she has found what she is looking for—but then her lover starts reining her in, and she finds happiness slipping through her fingers once again.
Traveling with her current love, Peter Safford, she finds herself playing the role of wife (to keep from social disgrace, or so she is told) as they fly to Sierra Leone. To Peter, it is just another business trip as a journalist. But to Elizabeth, it becomes much more than that.
As she basks in the sunlight, roams the markets with her newfound friend, Kaila, and sees a world that is more open and accepting than she had ever experienced, she feels the conflict arise sharply—what she wants (self-acceptance for who she is) versus what Peter wants (marriage). Nowhere is that dichotomy more strikingly apparent than when she is out doing what she loves most—painting the people and scenes around her.
She has much to go through, and much to leave behind. And with the help of her newfound friends, she finds herself healing and able to start up the path toward self-love.
This book is filled to overflowing with such breathtakingly beautiful detail, and with so much depth and color, that I found something new between its pages every time I read it. So much symbolism, even down to the font used in the text (big and loud for Peter, small and quiet for Elizabeth). Even Freetown, where the story takes place, is a symbol for what Elizabeth is struggling to achieve. Sights, sounds, tastes—the reader can find him- or herself transported to the hot African country of Sierra Leone almost instantly. It is a fantastic story. It isn’t hard to imagine book groups spending a lot of time reading and discussing Elizabeth, Peter, Kaila, and all the other characters that make this book a treasure.
(reviewed the day of purchase)