After the Roman Cemetery

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
After the Roman Cemetery is a true story about a very unexpected and tragic event that occurred on what was supposed to be a typical sightseeing day in rural Syria by a typical American girl. Most things we hear about Syria are the political events shared in the media. Here we share a very personal event as written in the author's diary on October 10, 1993.
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About V West

V.West was born in Virginia, USA. She grew up in the rural south where highlights of her childhood included collecting fossil rocks, skipping rocks in the creek (not fossil rocks), eating as much penny candy as possible before dinner, hosting talent shows with her friends, roller skating in the church parking lot, playing hide-and-seek in the summer until after midnight, and not crossing the street (the only paved one in her town) without asking her parents for permission first. She went to school in the northeast where she dropped her southern drawl, but it comes back each time she crosses the Mason-Dixon line. She has held a wide variety of jobs and has never been one to pass up the opportunity to try something new on her career/life path. Her favorite thing to do is to share stories, which she’s trying her hand at now with her writings. In her adult life she has lived in the USA and also in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, and but no matter where she is her heart always travels home to the Blue Ridge Mountains where her many friends, family, and precious memories reside. In the future, V.West dreams of one day editing her bio down to a crisp and clever one liner, but hasn't been able to craft that yet. Maybe some day… V.West would like to sincerely thank you for reading her story and hopes that you enjoyed it. She hopes to be able to share many more with you soon. Take care & God bless.

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Review by: Lisa Mears on Jan. 23, 2013 :
What a story! It was so moving. I felt I was there in Syria with the author, her words brought it to life for me. Thank you for sharing something so personal. It's the strong emotional events (whether they be good or bad) that stay with us our whole lives.
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Review by: Endre Markos on Jan. 23, 2013 :
Few writers can capture your visual senses in words. It is an old art that was treasured before the advent of videos and computers and technical animation. This short narrative has a 'body language'. It speaks more than the words and the subject of the tale. A sad but wonderful celebration of humanity and sincerity.
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Review by: Shaun Charles on Jan. 23, 2013 :
There's something deeply satisfying about browsing the Smashwords bookstore. Trawling through all of the days releases (and there's some mad, freaky stuff out there) you occasionally stumble upon something unexpected and quite startling. V West's "After the Roman Cemetery" is just that. Coming in at just over five thousand words it's not a novel, nor is it a short story. By the author's own admission it's a revised diary entry some twenty years old.

After high school the author headed to Europe and for a time worked as a nanny for a couple of archaeologists. Accompanying them on a working trip to Syria they spend a day off sightseeing and picnicking at a swimming hole at an oasis. What happens next is unexpected and shocking and ultimately quite moving. The writing is straight forward and honest. V West, in reflecting on something deeply personal, has written a story for us all. It's about those complex moments in life that stay with us, moments that we return to as we try, vainly for the most part, to seek meaning.

Take ten minutes out of your day and have a read.
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