The Spirit of Harlem

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Shizuka Nishino, a young Japanese artist, is starving herself in a grotty Harlem apartment. When you've got love, who needs food? In an unwanted intervention, her brother's girlfriend, an American ex-artist, takes matters into her own hands. Her quest to save Shizuka's life brings the conflict between the two women to a head, and reveals the true cost of throwing away your dreams.

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About Felicity Savage

Felicity Savage is an American fantasy author. Born in South Carolina, Savage lived until the age of two in rural France, and then in the west of Ireland. At six, she moved with her family to the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, where she joined the Girl Guides and appeared in productions of Robin Hood and Peter Pan at the RAF base on Benbecula. Her first novel, Humility Garden, and its sequel Delta City were published by Penguin ROC in 1994 and 1995, while she was still at Columbia University. Her Ever trilogy was published by HarperCollins in 1995, 1996, and 1997. Savage was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1995 and 1996. She currently lives in Tokyo, Japan, with her husband and two cats. When not writing, she works as a Japanese translator, sings Gregorian chant, and moonlights as a serial houseplant killer.

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Review by: Banty Hen Publishing on Dec. 31, 2011 :
Felicity Savage’s writing works on multiple levels of literary understanding. On the surface, this is an arresting tale of an intervention – an attempt to move a promising young artist off her path towards self-destruction.

At the same time, I sense deeper levels of meaning. At some level, a lot of the drama and existential frustration in this story – and in life – revolves around language. More than once, the narrator bumps into these linguistic walls that create walls in the mind that are almost impossible to see before they are hit.

Sharp, poignant, and rich with meaning, this is a gem of a short story for those who like intelligent literature with an edge.
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Review by: William West on Dec. 3, 2011 :
Felicity Savage is an intelligent writer. That was my first thought on reading The Spirit of Harlem. But then I realized that Ms. Savage didn't just tell an intelligent story. She had drawn all my emotions into the story, and I was there, not just watching events unfold, but participating silently like Patrick Swayze in Ghost. The characters couldn't hear me of course, but they didn't need to since Ms. Savage has excellent control of language, letting us know that language is so very important in the success of relationships. I wanted to shout across the dinner table, "Why don't you talk about the real problem?" But I just had to smile because Ms. Savage had already done that with this excellent story.
William West
Author, The Kissproof World
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