BANYAN: A Short Novel

BANYAN: A Short Novel

by Cynthia A. Williams

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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.�

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013680081
Publisher: Cynthia A. Williams
Publication date: 01/28/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 402 KB

About 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.
" 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

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