The Second Crack

By Chelo Diaz-Ludden

Literary fiction | Paperback, eBook


"My thumb pad rests along the crack in the porcelain that’s been filled in with gold, a Japanese tradition that honors past wounds. I think that if people were repaired the same way; foreheads etched with brass hairline fractures, chips of silver embedded along fingers, bolts of gold shot through hearts, then we would know the places to be careful with." And so Anne's journey begins with her intuitively knowing she's wounded and that her sister's disappearance is the catalyst to discovering how and where. Anne has two passions, The Bean, her coffee shop in Portland, Oregon, and her twin sister Suz, who co-owns The Bean but abandoned the business, and Anne, creating a crack in their once solid bond. Suz’s passion is South Africa and her hero is Nelson Mandela, whose life inspired her to leave family and friends for volunteer work in the townships. When Suz returns to Portland for the Christmas holiday, she disappears after the twins celebrate with too much wine. Anne, her brother and father search for Suz but to no avail. Their efforts are complicated by the fact that Anne has no memory of their last night together. To find her sister, Anne must hack into Suz’s laptop and read her journal, discovering not only Suz’s innermost thoughts but also her ultimate betrayal.


Less...

"My thumb pad rests along the crack in the porcelain that’s been filled in with gold, a Japanese tradition that honors past wounds. I think that if people were repaired the same way; foreheads etched with brass hairline fractures, chips of silver embedded along fingers, bolts of gold shot through hearts, then we would know the places to be careful with." And so Anne's journey begins with her intuitively knowing she's wounded and that her sister's disappearance is the catalyst to discovering how and where. Anne has two passions, The Bean, her coffee shop in Portland, Oregon, and her twin sister Suz, who co-owns The Bean but abandoned the business, and Anne, creating a crack in their once solid bond. Suz’s passion is South Africa and her hero is Nelson Mandela, whose life inspired her to ...


More...


My love of story started with my parents. If Dad brought home a coconut, he didn't buy it at Safeway; no, he paddled to Hawaii, climbed a coconut tree, grabbed the fruit, shimmied down the trunk, (all the while fighting off bandits), finally riding a tortoise back across the ocean. Fun? Yes, but my dad's propensity for storytelling should have come with the warning that sometimes you need/want the facts and it can be frustrating when they're hidden from you. And yet, his fiction made me realize the truth in the lies fiction authors tell. He was declaring his love and his willingness to traverse an ocean for me. I also grew up listening to my mom and her sisters share stories around the kitchen table. Tales of getting into trouble when they 'stored' the chickens in milk cans so they wouldn't have to round them up the next morning. This is the way they bonded, the way they created their identity within the family. All of these stories led to a love of reading, which led to a Masters in English from San Diego State University. I then taught in the 1980s amnesty program. For much of the last fifteen years I taught in a small rural community college at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. I published The Second Crack in 2014 and am now working on another novel.


Less...

My love of story started with my parents. If Dad brought home a coconut, he didn't buy it at Safeway; no, he paddled to Hawaii, climbed a coconut tree, grabbed the fruit, shimmied down the trunk, (all the while fighting off bandits), finally riding a tortoise back across the ocean. Fun? Yes, but my dad's propensity for storytelling should have come with the warning that sometimes you need/want the...


More...


Links

Blog Website
Login
admin

iAuthor

Just now

Make your presence felt. Be the first to post!

    1463861044 social-instagram-new-square1 Io6eZONw-01 Add to footer
Sitemap | Terms & Conditions
Privacy & Data

© 2019 iAuthor Ltd
Design: Splash | Web: MWW
partner-member BAI logo smaller