Category : Coming of Age

A Tangled Web by M L Sparrow

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A Tangled Web – A Novella is a coming of age novella by M L Sparrow.

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Japan, 2011

Taiyo is a normal high-school girl living with her Grandmother in Sendai. She goes to school, partakes in club activities and hangs out with her two best friends, twin brothers Ryuu and Kairi. However, her perfect world is shattered when she begins dating Kairi but quickly discovers she’s already in love with Ryuu.

A tangled web of lies surrounds the pair, but everything is suddenly knocked into perspective on March 11th when they are caught up in a natural disaster that devastates the country and robs thousands of their homes, their possessions and their lives…




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Author M L Sparrow pictureThough A Tangled Web is a work of fiction – Taiyo’s story comes entirely from my own imagination – however, it is based on real events, namely the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on March 11th 2011, therefore, a lot of research went into it before I even started writing.

Some of the websites I found most useful in my research are listed on my website, but I also read several books, which were all very good. Life After the Tsunami by the Japanese Center of Education is a collection of survival stories and also visits the survivors after the event to see how they are coping. This particular book was very helpful in understanding how people felt before, during and after the even.

On the other hand, Strong in the Rain by Lucy Birmingham and David McNeill was more factual and covered all aspects of the event including the Fukushima nuclear disaster and it was the book I actually found most helpful in establishing a time line.
Both these books were helpful in their own ways, as were the other book and websites I read, and I ended up really enjoying all my research and being fascinated by what I discovered.
(M L Sparrow, March 2017)

 

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The Princess of a Whorehouse by Mayank Sharma

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The Princess of a Whorehouse – The Story of a Swamp Lotus is a Coming of Age novel by Mayank Sharma.

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The Princess of a Whorehouse is a poignant tale of a young girl’s coming of age in one of the most ruthless realms of society in which several naive women and their blameless children are deprived of liberty and freedom to make life choices. The style of narration is based on the Indian English Literature.
Three-year-old naïve Aparajita is unaware of a murky spell ahead when her widowed mother, Ramya struggles to find a livelihood in a small town having a laid-back way of living. Ramya takes a dubious decision to relocate to a strange land, a thousand miles away, looking for greener pastures of life. Ramya’s whole world comes crashing down around her when she reaches the megacity of Delhi, and finds that a hypocrite kinfolk traded her dignity and Aparajita’s destiny for a trifling sum of money.
Trapped in the merciless milieu of one of the largest red-light districts in India, Aparajita faces the repercussions of something she has least control of. A restrained society snubs Aparajita for her social class, under the influence of a centuries-old enigma that still persists in the fifth largest economy of the world. The fiasco rips her hope and crushes her childhood dream to study as she grows up in the street of ill repute.
Will Aparajita shrug off her melancholy past to win her future? Will she ever break the stereotype in order to pave her way as a bona fide citizen in a prestige obsessed community?



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author-mayanka-sharma-pictureWorking in a global organization gave me quite a few opportunities to travel across continents and associate with people having diverse beliefs and values. Having seen sundry cultures, I became curious about the social riddles that curtail liberties across societies. India is the fifth-largest economy in the world with the Gross Domestic Product growth at 7.1 percent. Contrary, India ranks 118 out of 157 countries in the happiness index. The fact seized my attention towards social problems affecting social support, freedom of choices, generosity, and fidelity to name a few. In the total population of 1.3 billion, the millions of naïve women and girls, like my two protagonists agonize everyday due to a million-year-old social inequality that still persists. Writing has become my greatest passion when I observed how it can spark off revolutions around us. I penned my debut novella, The Princess of a Whorehouse, when I came across some real life incidents that quivered my soul.

(Mayank Sharma, November2016)

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The Belief in Angels by J. Dylan Yates

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The Belief in Angels  is a YA/Coming of Age novel by J. Dylan Yates

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*** 2015 IPPY AWARD WINNER
*** 2014 USA BEST BOOK AWARD FINALIST

THE BELIEF IN Angels is a raw, haunting coming-of-age novel that explores the darkest side of human nature–and the incontrovertible, uplifting power of hope.

Growing up in her parents’ crazy hippie household on a tiny island off the coast of Boston, Jules Finn’s imaginative sense of humor is the weapon she wields as a defense against the chaos of her family’s household. Somewhere between routine discipline with horsewhips, gun-waving gambling debt collectors, and LSD-laced breakfast cereal adventures, tragedy strikes a blow from which Jules may never recover. This adversity requires her to find the will to live despite the suffering in her life–and she encounters, in her darkest moment, what could be explained as serendipity or divine intervention. For Jules, a courageous, young girl, this experience offers the hope she needs in order to rescue her fractured life.

*** 2015 KINDLE BOOK AWARD FINALIST
*** 2015 LEAPFROG PRESS BOOK AWARD HONORABLE MENTION




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Photo Author J Dylan YatesThe inspiration for THE BELIEF IN Angels came from an assortment of influences including the American lyric poet, Sara Teasdale, the music of Cat Stevens and Joni Mitchell, my work with Voices For Children, and Dalia Ofer’s, book, Escaping the Holocaust: Illegal Immigration to the Land of Isreal, 1939-1944. In addition, my mother’s struggle to identify her biological family and my grandfather’s reluctance to discuss his childhood were both motivating factors in developing a story around a family who hold secrets. The devastating result of those decisions on the resulting generations of family members is a topic that has personally motivated me to try to create change through a variety of artistic endeavors–theater, writing. The mirror is sometimes our best teacher. The epigenetics of generational sorrow and survival are also intriguing topics that inspired and impelled the creation of THE BELIEF IN Angels. It’s my most fervent hope that our next generations will learn from the past to build a future of hope, strength and love.

(J. Dylan Yates, June 2016)

 

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