Helena: The Small Town Throwdown

Helena: The Small Town Throwdown


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Helena wishes she could smash open her world, like a ripe watermelon, or maybe a pomegranate, and watch it bleed into the rich black earth that had raised her, taking with it every rule and expectation that are making her life duller than the Danube snake, and twice as ugly.

But the provincial world is a tough nut to crack. And, just like the green husk on the freshly fallen walnuts, it leaves an indelible stain on anything it touches. Helena wishes this stain would go away, so she could finally embark on the quest for freedom, whatever that's supposed to mean. All she knows right now is that there must be more to life than kicking up the small-town dust and getting in trouble for it.

This town is no place for a girl like Helena. She gets that, and so does Baba Lepa, the all-seeing eye with mythical origin and detached perspective on human affairs. With the Gods looking the other way, and her world about to become the wrong kind of war zone, Helena makes one last wish, then puts a match to it and watches it burn.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159089724
Publisher: TruerThanTruth
Publication date: 12/08/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 374 KB

About the Author

Olga Bogdan is a writer, reviewer and an intrepid traveller. She grew up in a small town in the former Yugoslavia, where she tried her very best to keep her nose in a book and out of trouble. This didn’t work out all that well, so Olga packed up her bags and took off in search of everything and nothing in particular. She stopped off in the UK, where she’s still residing, but her search is far from over. Olga writes fiction – novels and short stories. Her main protagonists are mostly young women, whose nascent sense of identity is put to test every step of the way. ‘Growing up is an extreme sport, so I tend to put my characters through suitably extreme experiences,’ says Olga. ‘They say that there are three stages of a rite of passage: separation, transition, and reincorporation. Every stage carries its own elements of adventure, risk and, ultimately, self-discovery. By pitting my characters against all kinds of danger, I hope they’ll end up discovering who they truly are, and renew their commitment to life. Providing they survive the rite, that is. And I never know if they are going to survive, not until the very end.’ Olga reviews cult-movies and TV shows on her website, olgabogdan.com (with a little help from Helena, a sixteen-year-old fictional character who simply refuses to leave).

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