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Cry WaterColors
by Carlos Alvarado   

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Literary Fiction

Publisher:  Llumina Press ISBN-10:  1933626119 Type: 


Copyright:  2006

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Cry WaterColors

The Premise:
Oscar Wilde suggested that the focus of our attention should be the color, the beauty, and the joy of life, rather than its tribulations.
***"Cry WaterColors," with that said, Danielle dismissed his appeal for sympathy.

Life’s tribulations, Oscar Wilde suggested, are best when less spoken about; whereas the color, the beauty and the joy of life should be the focus of our sympathy. But what becomes of a man who withdraws from the distinction? Can the balance of his life be safeguarded by transposing his own passions onto the characters he writes about?

Cry WaterColors: A romantic, introspective literary adventure; a coming of age story of a man who has buried his emotions by projecting them onto the characters he writes about. In his early forties, a physical ailment heightens Mark's sense of loneliness, and he becomes receptive to Emilia's interest.

Their physical pleasures keep Mark from burying his emotion in his laptop. But when his sickness is found to be more than a quirky circumstance of middle age, Mark and Emilia must deal with the consequences of love and life.


***The dreams told of a distant place and another time, a past that seemed to belong to someone else. Yet among the images, he recognized himself—the cloaked character that gripped his lapels against a cold no one else felt.

Saintly icons, robed in mourning purple, buttressed a church. Worshippers, bent on their knees, prayed in repentance for sins their sufferings had revealed. Self-deprecating penance, dispensed in the isolation of the confessional, guided their psalms. He was cloaked in the purple shroud of Catholic Lent.

Mark had grown up in the ethereal culture of Hispanic Catholicism, where sorrow, guilt, and prayer formed the cornerstones for primal absolution. Through this spiritual purification, one gained God's regard for the dispensation of judgment and granting of rewards.

***Mark retrieved the pen from behind the laptop he was working on and twirled it between his fingers, as if to prime himself for a review. He studied the words he had written, on a topic he had not attempted before, and was baffled by the melodrama. He modified the lines, but he could not get rid of the passion.

Melodrama, he thought, was the exception of our lives, our enigma, not the historical fidelity required for his monthly column. He sat back from the computer screen, as if to clear his thoughts with distance. Melodrama, he considered, was our heightened selves, but it also was the language of his Hispanic culture, through which he had learned to interpret the world in which he had been raised. It was not, though, his style. Mark determined to let the lines remain, for he did not write about himself.      

Silence beyond their voices stalked the rustle of a gentle breeze among the trees. Were it not for the flicker of lights on the south shore, he could imagine they were alone on earth.
"There are a billion stars in that sky," she said.
"Can you be sure of that?" he replied.
"Yes," she said, and with a finger dipped into the void, she began to count.

Professional Reviews

Arthur Wooten, author (On Picking Fruit) and playwright
Carlos Alvarado's novel Cry Watercolors is poetic, lyrical and extremely moving. His keen eye and mind for detail creates a canvas so rich, characters so deep - it's magical to read. And I kept thinking to myself as I read on, that this would make a beautiful film.

Plot points and twists kept this reader intrigued and I'm looking forward to future work from this very talented writer.

If you want to escape your world and enter one that is not only beautiful but really makes you think about the choice you make in your own life, then I highly recommend Cry Watercolors.

Jamieson Wolf, book reviewer (The Book Pedler) and author (Electric Pink)
There are no words to describe how beautiful this book is. Cry WaterColors starts off slow, like a good jazz song, and pulls you in to an embrace. At first, when I started reading the novel, I was blown away by the use of words and the imagery. Then, when the story turned more introspective, my breath was taken away. Alvarado has such expertise using words that his prose is almost poetic.

I love the characters in this novel. Mark and Emilia are flawed and imperfect, but this makes them more likeable, more human. Though the book seems to have a grim subject matter, the way the words flow and the way the characters dance with each other make it beautiful. You will find yourself wanting, needing, to dig deeper into Mark's world, into the story itself.

Alvarado is able to make you see inside Mark. Through out the novel, we see bits and pieces of what he writes, the characters he brings to life on the page. There is more powerful way to let us into Marks world and his thoughts. There is a sense of danger in Cry WaterColors, but the danger and unease pull you in until it is all you can do to unravel the mystery.

I loved the book, period. It’s a poetic love story about looking inside yourself and facing your demons. Beautifully written gorgeously layered, Cry WaterColors is a treat for the mind and the imagination. If you read one good book this year, make it Cry WaterColors. Hopefully after reading it you’ll look at the world in a whole new way.

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Reader Reviews for "Cry WaterColors"

Reviewed by Lorri Proctor 1/23/2010
I like the sound of your book a lot, Carlos and will order it. You might be interested in my own, The Crimson Bed, about Pre-Raphaelite artists. Do you have a website apart from AD? At any rate I'll link your AD prescence to my website if you like and perhaps you might do that for me too? Mine is Let me know if you are happy to do this. Best wishes Lorri
Reviewed by Loretta Scott 2/20/2007
It's intriguing and your words kept me wanting to read more, Bravo! I am going to pledge, and buy the book. First, and foremost CONGRATULATION, and I look forward to seeing more of you in the near future, keep writing; this years deems GREATNESS!

many Blessings, Loretta
Reviewed by Richard Christopher Suarez 2/17/2007
Now I WANNA leer tu libro tambien, parese intersante!
Escribe un poema ; Ay muchos que sienten que es mejor escojer
el tiempo para escribir Libros en vez de estar perdiendo tiempo con
poemas; por eso que me fuy de aqui largo tiempo y despues regrese y aqui ando!
Ok well you will as you see fit!
as the lady has just said; You have intrigued me a little more than usual! Ok be well and see you soon!
Rixh Criso
Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 1/10/2007
I must say you have me intrigued..after having read the excerpts I have no choice but to get the book..I am truly looking forward to it..
PS..I'd love to see you write a poem that expresses the depth of love potrayed in your book..will you oblige?

Eternal musings,


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