Jessica Dean, 24 and a war hero, dies in a car crash, leaving behind warring families, including Roland Dean, a grieving father and former cop. Jessica also leaves behind her fiancé, Airman Sean Riordan, a former lover named General Douglas Lancaster, and her rebellious, drug-addicted half-sister, Gerry Dean. A fatal confrontation with gang members ultimately leads to Gerry Dean’s unexpected recovery. A screenwriter friend named Mickey Gilmore discovers Jessica’s journal and seeks gold at the Emmys with the unfolding stories of the Dean Sisters. Jessica’s story does not end in death, and Roland Dean realizes he must accept and love his outlaw step-daughter, Gerry.
Imagine living in such a world and stumbling upon the truth from which dreams are really made.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura’s greatest passion is Story. Fascinated by how one’s chapter in the book of humanity is inked in life moments, she’s keen to explore and examine the range of human emotion and experience through her fiction, and through her work at the bookends of life in her role as birth, death, and mourning doula. Author and homeschooling mum are among her most treasured story-lines within her personal life story.
Laura also trains and certifies birth, death, and mourning doulas at http://www.momdoulary.com and http://www.mourningdoula.com. You can explore her work further at medium.com, TheLiberationArtist.com, FearlessHomeschooling.com, as well as in her TEDx talk.
She is the only one who can end the cycle of one dead, every night, forever. She is the last hope to break The Circle Macabre.
The Circle Macabre is one of four stories also contained in the novella, The Hecatomb. It is preceded by Old Man of Tessera, Let the Bodies, and The Skeleton Sculptor.
These stories can be read in any order.
It’s up to readers to decide which happens first.
…and which happens last.
Hoping to find out who she is, Sergio gives up the lonely life he has lived ever since his painful divorce. It’s the beginning of an adventure that will take him from the streets of Rome to the Tuscan countryside. Along the way, Sergio explores his relationship with his sixteen-year-old daughter, his ex-wife and his friends, some of whom understand him better than others, but none of whom can truly help him on his quest to find the woman he loves. To do that, he must dive deep into his past, all the way down to the edge where the meaning of his entire life is as precarious as a bubble of air in the bloodstream.
“The Purple Room” is a magnetic and gripping psychological drama, filled with those moments of bittersweet comedy, misunderstanding and heartbreak that all too often punctuate every search for a partner. A journey of self-discovery, in which a deep and uncompromising self-awareness goes hand in hand with the universal desire to find someone to love.
“Intense and moving. Delicate like the touch of cotton sheets in the summer. A page-turner, kidnaps the reader with impeccable style and storytelling worth a prize.” – Booksblog
“Casiraghi’s style is smooth, tight and spare.” – Il Corriere della Sera
“A deeply human journey, both painful and magnetic. (…) A bittersweet ending which leaves you with food for thought and a half-smile on your face.” DG MAG
“A craftily-woven plot that sucks the reader in with the pace of a psychological thriller, for such becomes Sergio’s life, filled with questions, traps, revelations, all leading to the final discovery of oneself.” Stilos
“The story unfolds in a gripping and suspended atmosphere, where euphoria, desperation and self-doubt come together in equal measure (…) Casiraghi’s novel is like a mirror where, beyond the twists and turns of the plot, the reader finds another tale to identify with. It is one of those stories in which, even without accidents or memory loss, each one of us can become the main character and, in the end, must come to terms with the past…” Liberazione
“The Purple Room runs on two tracks: on one hand, Sergio’s present life, the aftermath of his failed marriage, the bittersweet conflict with his teenage daughter, the comforting presence of his close friends; on the other, the stubborn search for the image of a woman he cannot forget. These tracks are joined together by a clever alternation of tenses. The present tense gives us what Sergio sees in front of his eyes, like a photograph. The simple past makes us dive into the narrator’s mind, where his memories are kept. At times, the two tenses blend together in the same paragraph, bringing out with great force the dream-like texture of this novel.” Sguardomobile.it
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mauro Casiraghi was born in Milan, Italy. After receiving a degree in English and Creative Writing in Montreal, Canada, and publishing his first short stories in English, he went back to Italy to work as a successful screenwriter for cinema and television. He is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories, and a book of interviews on the art of writing. His first novel, “The Purple Room”, received the Carver Prize and Carlo Cassola Prize for literature.
“Jubilee of Jubilees” is essential reading for armchair pilgrims unable to travel for physical or economic reasons.