The Soul Bearers (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/7/22
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Partly inspired by true life events, this is a story of courage, the gift of friendship, and unconditional love. The story involves three people whose lives cross for a short period of time and the profound effect that results from their interaction. Alex, a freelance travel writer and victim of child abuse, arrives in Sydney in an attempt to exorcise the ghosts of her past. She shares a house with Steve and the disturbing Matthew, a homosexual couple. Alex finds herself inexplicably attracted to Matthew and she must battle with her repressed sexuality and fear of intimacy. Matthew, an aspiring actor, must face the prospect of a potential future without his partner, who has AIDS, and he must deal with the rejection of his socialite parents. Steve is the rock to which the troubled Matthew and Alex cling while they examine their lives and beliefs in the hope that they will find the strength to face their pain and release the past. This powerful story explores the true meaning of unconditional love and friendship.
Sylvia Massara is a multi-genre author based in Sydney, Australia. She loves to dabble in wacky love affairs, drama, murder, sci-fi (or anything else that takes her fancy) over good coffee. Born in Argentina from Italian and Spanish descent (with a bit of Swiss thrown in) and transplanted to Australia at age 10, Sylvia describes herself as a bit of a "moggie" cat by way of mixed pedigree. She is also a citizen of the world as she has travelled widely throughout most of her life and she's the proud owner of three passports. From a creative perspective, Sylvia has been writing since her early teens and her work consists of novels, screenplays and freelance writing. She has also dabbled in acting on and off, songwriting and even had her own band during her teens/early 20s where she performed at various venues. As with most authors, Sylvia draws on her varied experience from the often puzzling tapestry of life. A few years ago Sylvia resigned from the human race because she discovered the animal kingdom was a much nicer place to be. Currently, Sylvia lives with her cat, Mia; and always vicariously through the many characters in her head. Occasionally, Sylvia ventures into the world of humans, and she cherishes genuine friendships as they are a rare find. Sylvia has recently released her 7th novel, The Stranger, a sci-fi apocalyptic romance with moralistic issues that involve the fight of love vs evil in the cosmos.
Thanks for another great book Sylvia!
Looking for accommodations she meets Steven and Mathew, a couple who together have come to terms with the pain in their pasts. Both rejected by their families they have found unconditional love for the first time. As they cherish their relationship there are dark clouds on the horizon. But for now they are living in the moment and enjoying what they have built together.
Alex is immediately taken with the young men who have given her a room in their home. Steve, the actor, so good looking people turn to stare at him and Matthew, the event planner, who keeps their lives on track with his easy acceptance and mild manner. But even as they begin to trust each other and share their stories, they know the dark clouds will eventually change everything.
A warm story of love, heartbreak, grief and healing, The Soul Bearers is one that will stay with the reader. The author, Ms. Massara, uses a light hand while she explores the deepest recesses of the human soul. Never forcing emotion but allowing it to come from within she takes the reader on a journey of discovery. The characters grow within the story, slowly and carefully binding the reader to them. Very well written and smoothly edited this is a book I recommend very highly.
For ages 18+ with the warning the subject matter may be controversial to some readers.
Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book