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One truth begets another as the tale of a passionate confrontation in a restaurant travels from eyewitness to others not present. Each protagonist views the attack through an emotion-stained lens, the story taking on a life of its own as filtered through different individuals' pasts, present and futures. Ultimately, every character unweaves and re-braids their hidden truths and exposes the chain of inner mysteries that binds them.
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The infant [Kaarin] opened her eyes, and smiled in the dim light of the lamp. Kaarin was Raven's child, but not the one fathered by Absylom. And Alfreida [Raven's mother] was a Chinese box, some of whose drawers remained closed, while others opened to secrets locked behind walls that came in and out of view. Her sphinx-like ways came and went. But Kaarin's nighttime crying, constant since birth, had ceased
Physician, Heal Thy Self
Title: Keeper of Secrets…Translations of an Incident
Author: Anjuelle Floyd
Publisher: Three Muses Press
Publishing Date: June 2007
Genre: Literary Women’s Fiction
APOOO rating: 4.5
Amazon.com rating: 4
ISBN No. 978-0976926184
Anjuelle Floyd makes her debut in a captivating collection of interconnected stories, Keeper of Secrets…Translations of an Incident. The stories center on a group of accomplished, upper-middle class Blacks living in the Oakland/San Francisco area of California who are either acquainted with each other from the past or through the proverbial six degrees of separation.
In “Dancing Siva”, Raven Clarke, a former psychotherapist, is having dinner with her husband, Drew, an attorney and one of his clients in an elegant restaurant in San Francisco. Raven is a reluctant dinner companion, suffering from fatigue and sleeplessness, having being plagued by her infant daughter’s nonstop nightly crying. Raven has flashbacks to the night she chose Drew over Absylom, her Ugandan/Rajasthani lover. Can she get back to that place where in the distant past, visions and meditations were the key to her sanity and harmony? Will overcoming the sins of the mother be the key to reclaiming her life and restful sleep? She is jarred out of her reverie by an argument which turns violent and Raven finds herself in the middle of it with Drew hovering over her. That incident witnessed by a roomful of people triggers a series of back stories, secrets and lies from the past, and a look at the complex cast of characters.
The ensuing stories delve into the psyche of wounded, scarred and sometimes tortured souls of several individuals and families. In the title story “Keeper of Secrets”, psychoanalyst Lahni Irete? seeks psychotherapy for herself in order to come to terms with childhood demons as well as doubts about her choice in marrying a blind Nigerian financier instead of her longtime friend. In “Three Movements” Arianne Gadsen’s faith in her ability to counsel terminally ill patients is questioned when she discovers a deceased patient was not who she purported to be. Michael Banks is a workaholic, a bridge engineer, who is losing a grip on his marriage in “The Bridge.” His life is forever changed when things spiral out of control one day on the Richmond Bridge.
All of these characters appear to have it all; they are accomplished, highly educated and successful in their fields, what W.E.B. Dubois would call the “Talented Tenth” of the New Millennium. Yet, there is a darkness lurking in each of their pasts that haunts, lingers and prohibits them from living their lives to the fullest. Some of them have suffered parental death or abandonment during childhood, one escaped a near female circumcision, and another denied access to her father. Some find themselves in the ironic position of healing others when, in fact, they are the ones in need of a cure.
Floyd’s collection is a formidable debut worthy of classic status incorporating elements of Edith Wharton, Andrea Lee and Gwynne Forster. The convoluted lives of upper-class Blacks break new ground in American literature which includes the dynamics of psychotherapy, religion, mysticism, and international cultures. With skillful, imaginative writing this first literary offering of Three Muses Press is sure to be a crossover hit.
Dera R. Williams
July 7, 2007
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Reader Reviews for "Keeper of Secrets...Translations of an Incident"
|Reviewed by John Domino
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John Michael Domino
In a world where cookie-cutter novels have become the norm rather than the exception - debut author Anjuelle Floyd has broken the mold.
The Keeper of Secrets: Translations of an Incident, a collection of interconnecting short stories, is a literary case study in how one incident can be translated into many scenarios.
Author Floyd does a magnificent job of making the reader privy to a specific incident with tentacles that touch the lives of others. Embracing her fund of knowledge as a psychologist and grasp of multiple cultures, readers are skillfully and enjoyably drawn into the world of a diverse group of professionals and those in their close and outer circle. A majority of them are carrying luggage that should have been unpacked years ago. A variety of reasons as to why they have not is what will hold your attention.
In each story we are introduced to individuals who outwardly are living the life fairy tales are made of. With each turned page you will be exposed to past experiences robbing them of the fullness of the present. You will wonder why Raven is tortured by the cries of her infant? What is it from Lahni Irete's childhood that led to selecting a blind man rather than the man she truly loves as her husband? Why does Arianne seek comfort in the ghost of a deceased patient rather than the arms of her husband? Will Trey's past be the salvation for a positive future?
Told in a refreshingly intellectual tone, The Keeper of Secrets, rather than excluding, invites a wide range of readers to imbibe words that stimulate, educate and entertain.
Reviewer/Dr. Linda Beed
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|Reviewed by Carrie White
Keeper of Secrets is a collection of eight short stories, tightly woven together by one event that takes place in a restaurant between a couple of strangers.
This anthology, like the binding event within the stories, can be perceived in different ways and, in turn, it can have a variety of meanings and effects on those who read or experience it. This particular collection touches on so many thought provoking subjects that it would be unusual for it not to have a profound effect on its readers in some way.
Keeper of Secrets is not a casual, light read but this shouldn't be a deterrent. Ms Floyd has put her extensive knowledge of psychology to good use and this is reflected in the complexity of the individual characters. All in all, an astounding and interesting read.
|Reviewed by Angela Watkins
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Angela Doreathy Allen Glass Watkins
|Reviewed by Reginald Johnson