Book: Behind Lace Curtains by Suzanne Synborskicategories: Book, Visionary Fiction, Supernatural, Obe, Louisiana, Cajun Mardi Gras, Transformation, Mystery, Murder, Walk In, Cauchemar, New Orleans, Mamou, Spiritual Transformation
Suzanne Synborskiabout this book: Behind Lace Curtains is a mystical, symbolic tale of a man's unconscious quest for secular spiritual transformation.
The human psyche is an enigma composed of a conscious mind that specializes in dealing with concrete absolutes and an unconscious mind that is an obscure vault, teeming with mystical symbols that escape under cover of darkness, to haunt our dreams, daring us to acknowledge them. Behind Lace Curtains is designed to function, like the psyche, on two separate yet symbiotic levels. On the surface, Behind Lace Curtains is a supernatural tale of murder and revenge. On a second level, the novel is a mélange of transformational symbols that reside in the collective unconscious. The lace curtain, itself a major symbol, not only represents the imaginary barrier that stands between what we know to be real and what we pray is only a nightmare; it represents the tenuous barrier that dances between the conscious and the unconscious minds.
The protagonist, Jake Preston, is a photographer from New York. He spent his whole life searching for something more, yet always hid behind his camera, always let the lens see for him. Like so many of us, he craves the answer, but is terrified at the prospect of finding it.
Jake's story is told in three parts. The first section takes place in New York, where two people beloved to Jake are murdered. Guilt and the resultant introspection breath life into the shadows that hide in Jake's unconscious. As the malevolent shadows convince Jake that he is more than flesh and bone, the line of demarcation separating reality from the dream world is intentionally blurred. Jake's unconscious is clawing its way into the waking world, screaming to be heard, daring him to peer through the lace curtain.
Believing he is in on a quest to seek revenge for the murders, part two commences when Jake travels to New Orleans, a maelstrom of color, masks, and depravity. There, he begins to lose the fight to control the quickening contents of his unconscious. Part three details Jake's travels across Lousiana where search searches for answers to unasked questions.
From as far back as the days of the Fisher King, then of King Arthur, and even on through those of Luke Skywalker, symbolic tales of transcendent heroes have followed a common thread: the hero always transforms chaos into peace. Jake's story is about creating peace from the chaos whirling within the universe of a single mind.
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