Teresa Jones’s dreams of flying contrast sharply with her dreary, earthbound life working as a filing-clerk in a CD store, and suffering the constant nagging of her academic parents, who are outraged at her stubborn refusal to go to college. Her best friend – the popular, successful and apparently happy college freshman Elena Kravchuk – has the perfect prescription for Teresa’s depression: she needs to get laid. When the two girls meet Miguel Angel Ramirez, a misfit Mexican immigrant who builds and flies kites for a living, Elena goes to work as match-maker to bring him together for a casual fling with her socially awkward, chronically depressed best friend. But rather than providing a one night stand, this papalotero will transform the lives of both girls in ways that neither one bargained for: Elena will confront the truth that her life is not as perfect as she so desperately wants people to believe it is, while Teresa will be challenged to give up her low self-esteem and Life Sucks t-shirts, and discover that the happiness she thinks is out of her reach might actually be just one small leap of faith away.
The adopted daughter of well respected philanthropist, Titlee has grown up in the delusions of what she believes she must be, in order to lead a happy life. In turn, running away from the truth of who she really is. Escaping her feelings has become quite normal for Titlee and she continues to live in the shadows of her own brilliance till the day she meets her destiny in the throws of death.
Just as Titlee is all set to end her life by attempting to jump off the ledge of her balcony, she is saved by a mysterious force…
What is this force?
Why has she been saved?
These are questions that will be answered in a profound way as the reader explores the pages of this life changing novel. As Titlee evolves into accepting and understanding her life, so will you.
The story promises to thrill but more importantly, it promises to expand the vision of the readers as they go through the lows and then the highs of Titlee’s exceptional circumstances. In the end, realizing that most of us live our lives running away from the truth of who we are and what we truly desire. Unearthing Titlee’s journey, will help the readers to also dig deep within their own psyche and accept their own unique life story.
Titlee, the novel revolves around the life of its protagonist – Titlee. But, the story also explores the lives and mindsets of the other women in Titlee’s life. Namely, her adoptive mother Mala who is an exemplary woman, hiding deep wounds behind a façade of strength. Radha, Titlee’s birth mother who is the ultimate escapist and Lali who is the enigma of the story.
Allow yourself to open up to the gems of wisdom hidden in this intriguing thriller and as the mystery within the story reveals itself expect life lessons to also be revealed.
“The Grail is a story, a myth! It didn’t exist on your world! It can’t exist here!”
The city-state of Varuz is failing. Duke Aurelian is the last of his line, his capital is crumbling, and the armies of his enemy, Duke Conrad, are poised beyond the mountains to invade. Aurelian is preparing to gamble everything on one last battle. So when a holy man, the Doctor, comes to Varuz from beyond the mountains, Aurelian asks for his blessing in the war.
But all is not what it seems in Varuz. The city-guard have lasers for swords, and the halls are lit by electric candlelight. Aurelian’s beloved wife, Guena, and his most trusted knight, Bernhardt, seem to be plotting to overthrow their Duke, and Clara finds herself drawn into their intrigue...
Will the Doctor stop Aurelian from going to war? Will Clara’s involvement in the plot against the Duke be discovered? Why is Conrad’s ambassador so nervous? And who are the ancient and weary knights who arrive in Varuz claiming to be on a quest for the Holy Grail…?
From the Trade Paperback edition.