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The Colour of the Sun
Biografía del autor
Gillian Thorp lives between homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and east of the Sierra Nevadas. She has two daughters (Kiara and Nicki) and a mutt named Taz. Thorp earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada and a Master’s in Counseling from Santa Clara University. She credits her education and an appreciation for others’ stories with giving her a deep understanding of the human psyche. She credits writing her own stories with helping her find a voice that doesn’t murmur or mumble, but is loud enough to hear. When Thorp is not reading or writing you can find her gardening, singing badly to the music she loves, and volunteering for causes relating to women and children issues. For more information visit www.gillianthorp.com.
Descripción del libro
One afternoon in June, in Durban, South Africa, a child was born. Doctors and nurses marveled–“This one is destined for greatness!” “Very lucky!”–because the child’s birth was one of the rarest in the world. The child, Gillian August, was born still shrouded in her amniotic sac. She was a caul baby, and in the South Africa of 1971, this heralded greatness. Or it might have, had the baby’s caul not been stolen within hours of her birth. Though fortune did not follow Gillian August home from the hospital that day, or for many years after, the greatness promised at her birth is fulfilled in her memoir, recently contracted with E.L. Marker.™ Gillian August Thorp’s memoir tells the story of a young girl whose father, a Trollope-quoting Coloured man with ivory skin, commits suicide, leaving Thorp and her siblings to face the cruelty of Apartheid amid the dangers of a simmering political revolution, alone. Drifting in and out of their lives is Uncle Nicki, a revolutionary exiled by the South African government and Granny, the bush knife-wielding granddaughter of a Zulu chief. When Thorp’s mother, who disappeared shortly after her husband’s death, returns with a new husband and a new life, Gillian and her siblings follow her to America and into an uncertain future. The family's escape to America is a troubled one, but it is on this strange new continent where Gillian began a new chapter, finding profound love with an NFL player, whose tragic death left her young daughters fatherless, just as she had been. But it was also there where an unexpected public display of bravery changed her life’s trajectory, and she came to understand the depth of the human ability to find hope, redemption, forgiveness and the necessary tools to piece back together the fragments of our shattered selves. Thorp’s story is profoundly tragic, but the storyteller is not tragic. She has endured unbelievable loss, but she is not lost. With her memoir, Thorp proves there is so much more we can have than what has ever been taken from us. We are free to make our own happiness, regardless of past circumstances. In South Africa, a caul baby is stripped of its magic with the theft of its caul. But Thorp creates her own magic for the reader– who feels as if they have lived her story in the telling and are better for the experience.
Público al que se apunta
Women, book club members, people interested in memoirs, those interested in subject matters pertaining to race, abuse, loss and overcoming obstacles.
Tipo de portada de libro
Tapa blanda o Paperback
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Please don't use stock photos that are frequently used out there. I have attached a book cover that I do like but the stock image already exists as a book cover and the image has been used countless times. It might be possible to still use if it is personalized a bit more. For example, remove the fences, the sand is cleaned up to show one set of footprints leading up to the silhouette of the woman, the ship removed from sea, a tree or silhouette of a tree added to the sliver of land to the left, and a bit of "movement" added to the picture...more length added to the woman's hair and have it appear that it is blowing in the wind. I have attached a second picture of the type of hair texture I am referring to as wild and unruly hair is a symbol in the book. Other main symbols and motifs from the Colour of the Sun...ocean, light, sunrises and sunsets, large tree, haunted houses. Also, feel free to create something completely different. Many times, I don't know what I like until I see it. Attached is also a picture of the author as a child with her siblings. If this is used, please remove siblings (girls and boy to the right). Author is on the far left. Finally, all creative ideas are welcome. Thank you.
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