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Banyan: A Short Novel

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"That summer lasted so long. The summer after Father killed himself. Hot, my God. We thought it would never end."

Gerry and Clara, brother and sister, live in seclusion in a once splendid house on a river in southwest Florida. As a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico builds to hurricane force, Clara grows increasingly distressed over the bewildering emotions that accompany her confused memories of the dreaming time, and over her strange visions of houses she has never been in. Are the memories and visions ...

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"That summer lasted so long. The summer after Father killed himself. Hot, my God. We thought it would never end."

Gerry and Clara, brother and sister, live in seclusion in a once splendid house on a river in southwest Florida. As a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico builds to hurricane force, Clara grows increasingly distressed over the bewildering emotions that accompany her confused memories of the dreaming time, and over her strange visions of houses she has never been in. Are the memories and visions only dreams, or are they the only reality, dimly remembered and tragically misinterpreted?

Like the statue of Lorelei in her overgrown garden, "a celestial being held captive by jungle vines, soft as sculpted moonlight, her dreaming face aglow under deep sea green," Clara's essence is captive to forces too illusive for her to grasp. Yet it is from her complex interplay of memory and illusion that the unspeakable and heartbreaking crime committed in this house finally emerges.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475225693
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/11/2012
  • Pages: 78
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia has thought it all through and decided that in her next life she is going to be a mechanical physicist in order to make time travel possible so that she can come back to this life and start over.

A lover of history and literature, Cynthia has been writing professionally all her life as a copywriter, copyeditor, freelance writer (narrative history) and currently as senior staff writer and editor for a Fortune 300 Company headquartered in Charlotte, NC.

Born in Fayetteville, TN, Cynthia moved to Ft. Myers, FL, when she was six. Ft. Myers, specifically the Burroughs House in old Ft. Myers, is the setting for BANYAN, in which Cynthia makes a cameo appearance as a child.

So, why would Cynthia want to start this life over? To fulfill the dream of this life-to live a free, impassioned and adventure-filled life as a writer, at home and abroad, to be able to say of her life, as Dom Perignon is reputed to have exclaimed when he invented champagne, "My God. I'm drinking stars."

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Absolutely brilliant! This is truly one of the best short novel

    Absolutely brilliant! This is truly one of the best short novels I have ever read. The haunting layers of this story beg to be pulled back and examined. Beautifully written. So beautiful, in fact, that you want to re-read it once you get to the end and say....Wow! (and you will say "Wow!") You re-read it because you want to be sure you didn't miss a thing and want to ensure that you have captured the full essence of the story. The skillful way that Cynthia Williams weaves her story and her characters is amazing! Can't wait to see her next piece of work!

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    A must read!!!

    BANYAN is an illusively haunting tale written by a very insightful, budding author. Cynthia engrosses her reader into the actual moment in time. One can almost feel and envision the mist of the rain piercing through the worn rusty screen relieving the hot summer day. Ms. Williams’ new book is a real page turner, an excellent gripping and hypnotic story leaving the reader thirsting for her next novel.

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    A Great Read for everyone

    The narratives that the author used transported me to that place and time. She made me experience the sweltering heat, the great River and the pain that family endured. I couldn't put it down and read the whole thing in one sitting. I hope she writes many more so that I can read them. I don't think putting it in the Horror category accurately describes this book though.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Awesome read!!!!

    AWESOME!!! I was pulled right in. I could smell the rains, feel the heat, and felt her pain!! Such a wonderful read. Everyone should read this book. Author is amazing!

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