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The Weight of Rain
By Maryanne Raphael
Last edited: Tuesday, July 01, 2003
Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2003

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A love story that explores life and loss, longing and letting go.

Lioness Press, distributed by Rose Shell, 15223 Coral Isle Ct., Ft. Myers, Fl. 33919.
The Weight of Rain is a powerful novel that explores the nature of reality where dreams melt into daily life and the past and present mingle with future. It's the haunting story of two fascinating, but different women, both free spirits who don't allow society's double standards to limit them.
Carolynn Clover is a high school math teacher who tries to make sense of the fragments of her life, especially when she's mysteriously abandoned by Rainy. The American poet and painter has always been drawn to Mexico in serch of inner peace and signs that her creative existence has not been in vain.
When Rainy disappears, Carolynn says, "It's the death of our relationship in the throes of what I construe d as a honeymoon." She begains to search for Rainy both physically and metaphyiscally.
Carollynn staunchly believes people reveal themselves to each other in different ways so she makes an effort to see Rainy through the eyes of her many friends and acquaintances, past and present.
Rainy is like the ghost made real through her own writing, dreams and monologues. Carolynn is possessed by Rain's spirit. She decides to abandon the reality of mathematics for the illusion of poetry which leads her into another career, that of psychological counselor for artists.
The novel's dramatic conclusion leaves the reader sharing some of Carolynn's questions about Rainy's disappearance. We sense her loss, but revel in her own therapeutic solution, "Finally, I was alone, stranded in the desert without the weight of rain."
This unique multi-media novel expands the meaning of art, refered to as "a world in a state of Grace." Artists heal themselves and others by translating their emotions into an aethetic external but eternal reality through painting, poetry, music, dance, etc.
The Weight of Rain offers a redemptive theme. "When you realize that life is art and vice versa, despair need not reign.
This modern mystery is truly a novel of the future which Anais Nin, the author's mentor and friend, described 40 years ago.


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