Overview

BANYAN is a mystery revolving around one essential question—what really happened on Clara Ann’s eighth birthday in 1908 which caused a cataclysmic shift in the lives of everyone involved? Like the serpentine roots of a Banyan tree, the mystery surrounding Gerald and Sayre Cuvier and their two children is sinuous and layered, drawing us into the depths of a mind confused, a mind lost in a bewildering interplay of memory and illusion. From 19th century Louisiana to tropical Florida at the turn of the century, to ...
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BANYAN: A Short Novel

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Overview

BANYAN is a mystery revolving around one essential question—what really happened on Clara Ann’s eighth birthday in 1908 which caused a cataclysmic shift in the lives of everyone involved? Like the serpentine roots of a Banyan tree, the mystery surrounding Gerald and Sayre Cuvier and their two children is sinuous and layered, drawing us into the depths of a mind confused, a mind lost in a bewildering interplay of memory and illusion. From 19th century Louisiana to tropical Florida at the turn of the century, to their insulation from the rock ‘n rolling 1950s, these beautiful, hopelessly doomed people will haunt you long after the reading.

Susan Russo Anderson, author of the Serafina Florio mystery series, says, “At the heart of BANYAN is poetic meaning incapable of distillation.”

Customers rave:

“…a beautifully written novel. I was unable to put this one down. Her characters were mesmerizing.”

“Drenched in atmosphere...spellbinding…”

“BANYAN is an illusively haunting tale…a real page turner, an excellent, gripping and hypnotic story leaving the reader thirsting for her next novel.”

“Absolutely brilliant! This is truly one of the best short novels I have ever read.”

And again, from Susan Russo Anderson, “Sometimes the line between poetry and prose is thin. In the case of BANYAN, a novella by Cynthia A. Williams, it is gossamer.”
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susanrussoanderson.com - Susan Russo
Sometimes the line between poetry and prose is thin. In the case of BANYAN,it is gossamer.BANYAN is a story about loss.It is about a family fatally flawed.It is the story of suffocating minds gone feral, of ghosts who are themselves haunted.A tour de force in the Southern literary tradition, BANYAN haunts the reader with its beauty,with the rich flow of the author's stream of consciousness.At the heart of BANYAN is poetic meaning incapable of distillation.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013680081
  • Publisher: Cynthia A. Williams
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 393 KB

Meet the Author

Cynthia is a full-time writer and part-time freelancing journalist and copy editor. Her professional career as a writer includes creative non-fiction, narrative history, screenplay and television copy writing. BANYAN is her first novel and the first in the coming BANYAN Trilogy.
Born in Fayetteville, TN, Cynthia grew up in Ft. Myers, FL, the setting for BANYAN. In a guest blog, Cynthia describes the historic Burroughs House in old Ft. Myers as the inspiration for BANYAN. How this story "welled up" out of her childhood impression of this house is almost as mysterious as the story itself.
"...in those forty years, in the darkroom of memory, an image was developing; the house, which I remembered 'as through a glass darkly,' was building itself around me until suddenly I was in it, inside the green glow at the windows. I could hear the soft clacking of the palms outside. And I was not alone. I felt the first stirring movement of others in there with me. The people ghosting this house, like negative imprints on time, were emerging. And then Clara said quietly,'That summer was so long, the summer after father killed himself. Hot, my God, we thought it would never end.'
BANYAN was born."
Cynthia posts narrative histories serially on her website at cyn1020.wordpress.com.
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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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