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Today I’m on the ‘Style and the Solitary’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
When Miriam Drori says she loves to perform, people don’t believe her. When she says she’s not shy, they think she’s delusional. The fact is, things ain’t what they seem. A witch called social anxiety took away her ability to be spontaneous, but it didn’t change her exhibitionist nature. You need to watch her dancing or speaking before an audience to understand that.
Fortunately, she has found an outlet for her thoughts in writing, a solitary activity with multiple recipients. She never doubted her ability to write, but only in recent years has she managed to gather her views and observations together into papier-mâché balls worth throwing far and wide.
If you ignore the witch, life has been good to Miriam, especially since she made the decision to move from the UK to Israel. She has a wonderful husband, three lovely children and a delightful house. She loves to read, travel, hike and dance. She has worked in computer programming and technical writing, and now enjoys the freedom and versatility of creative writing. And she believes passionately in raising awareness of social anxiety.
An unexpected murder. A suspect with a reason. The power of unwavering belief.
A murder has been committed in an office in Jerusalem. That’s for sure. The rest is not as clear-cut as it might seem.
Asaf languishes in his cell, unable to tell his story even to himself. How can he tell it to someone who elicits such fear within him?
His colleague, Nathalie, has studied Beauty and the Beast. She understands its moral. Maybe that’s why she’s the only one who believes in Asaf, the suspect. But she’s new in the company – and in the country. Would anyone take her opinion seriously?
She coerces her flatmates, Yarden and Tehila, into helping her investigate. As they uncover new trails, will they be able to reverse popular opinion?
In the end, will Beauty’s belief be strong enough to waken the Beast? Or, in this case, can Style waken the Solitary?
Nathalie, the main character of the novel, has just woken from a bizarre and unusual nightmare.
Taking deep breaths to calm herself, Nathalie waited until her heartbeat slowed to a normal pace. She looked around the room, dimly lit by the lights outside. Everything looked so normal. How strange that this happened. She wasn’t prone to nightmares at all, and certainly not to such violent and messy ones. What could have caused this?
Putting on the silky silvery grey dressing gown that matched her pyjamas, and warm, furry slippers, she made her way to the kitchen, encountering only reassuring normality, and made herself a mug of tea, which she carefully carried back to her bedside table. “C’est mieux,” she murmured between sips of the soothing beverage. That’s better.
She shook her head, still perplexed by the nightmare. True, last night, just before going to bed, she’d told Tehila all about Beauty and the Beast, surprising her flatmate, who thought the story was a children’s fairy tale. “No.” Nathalie had hastened to put her friend right. “Beauty and the Beast was written long before the Disney Company turned it into a cartoon. The original story was written by a woman called Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740.”
“1740, and a woman! That’s amazing,” said Tehila.
“She was very rich and had a lot of influence. Actually, she lost her wealth but still had influence. She wrote the story to teach people a lesson.”
“At the end of the story, Beauty searches for the Beast and finds he has been murdered. She is so sad, and she screams, ‘I am sorry! This was all my fault!’ When she says that, the Beast turns into a handsome prince. And the lesson is that when someone believes in you, you can become a different person, or the person you were meant to be.”
Tehila nodded slowly. “How do you know all about this?”
“You forget that I studied French Literature at the Sorbonne.”
“All that studying, and you didn’t even use it. You went into something completely different.”
“Everything you learn is useful and can affect you in some way. When you learn it, you can’t possibly know how it will be useful to you in the future. One day, we might even find a use for differential equations.”
Tehila sniggered. “I’d have to relearn them, first. But it’s true what you say. I don’t work in hairdressing any more, but it’s a skill I use on my own hair, and it might well have other uses at other points in my life.”
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