Introducing Kavita: Search for Transcendence, my very first novella. While Short Lives is a novella and older, Kavita was always intended to be a novella, whereas Short Lives became one by accident. I always loved the word, the mood, the whole novella concept, which stems from the Italian Renaissance period. A novella is short, uncomplicated, with no sub-plots, and often intended to be read in one sitting. It explains little, but takes the reader by the hand through a brief story more concerned with personal and emotional development than with any bigger picture or grand-scheme depths. It lounges, too, in more luxuriant descriptions than are found in their big sisters: short stories and small books. “Kavita” is a Sanskrit word meaning “poetry,” and this novella is a story that unfolds through often raw, personal poems, into the world I now inhabit and which sings to me in poetic beauty daily. I hope you will read Kavita, in paperback or in Kindle form, and lose yourself in it even for a moment. I am so happy it has finally reached its own goal.... 💕
I didn't expect to do this, but here it is. This is a 55 page novella of vignettes, which I wrote in 2003. I never published it, but some years later it became the foundation of Lost & Found in India. It began its life as a fiction about a woman who learns she is dying and is looking back at how death has impacted her life. All her memories are true...because they're mine. I used its contents in a different way in Lost & Found, but I love the voice in this collection of vignettes: it's young and raw, and I hope you like it... 💕
Short Lives is a simple tale of a simple time: the sixties and seventies in Australia. A novella written in a series of vignettes, It is the story of a child’s life—the drama, adventure, small things and big that make a child’s life so unique.
But it is told through the voice of the child now grown: a 39 year old woman who learns she has only a few months left to live. As she revisits her life and how it brought her to this point, she captures the essence of the quintessential Aussie child: suburban, sunburned, big cars and family outings, backyard cricket, death, pets, and daredevil childhood stunts. As only an Aussie could tell it. As only a dying Aussie could deliver it: “This was my life, and it’s ordinariness is the reality. I am nobody, but I’m dying, and this is what it looks like.” It's the story of life and death; an exploration of memories, their impact, their meaning, and how they culminate in who we are at the end of it all.
This book will change the way you look at life—and death.
It's available now on Kindle, and in print in the US, UK, and Europe on Friday...and in celebration of release day for the paperback, the Kindle version will FREE ALL WEEKEND! Don't miss out...(but buy the paperback....no, really...)