Book: The Good Cemetery Guide by Consuelo Rolandcategories: Book, Angel, Rilke, Mexico, Skeleton, Jack London, Humour, Kalk Bay, Cemetery, Romance Suspense
Consuelo Rolandabout this book: One foggy evening long after midnight I was hijacked by the ghost of a 3rd generation funeral director driving home from a music bar venue in Kalk Bay. This stirring tale of an undertaker who moonlights as an acoustic guitarist is for readers who are looking for gritty realism combined with romance and humour. The title came from a letter one of Anthony's Loxton's lovers sent him from India, revealing a secret she had withheld during their love affair. The themes of life and death, and awakening and sleeping, are echoed by the numerous references to sunrise and sunset, and this is picked up on the cover with the beautiful cadillac hearse standing against a background of sunrise (or is sunset?) The hardest part was researching funeral parlours and their inner workings first-hand, and learning to use dialogue and humour to lighten an otherwise weighty subject. The romance scenes came very naturally; Anthony's love affairs with very different women were a strong visual part of the story that had to be told. Anthony is narrator and biographer of his own tale and just as he enthralled me that long-ago winter's night may he make you laugh and cry till the last word is spoken.
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