Book: Leah by Dana Kamal K. Haffarcategories: Book, Mystery, Suspense, Mystical, Romance, Contemporary, Women's Fiction
Dana K. Haffarabout this book: On the fictitious island of Puerto Franco, young Leah wades into the sea and disappears. When her body is not found, the islanders believe a curse has been placed on their little haven. For thirty years, they are haunted by the tragedy until a visiting artist is unwittingly drawn into resolving the mystery of Leah.
The idea for Leah came to me as a mental picture of a little boy by his mother's grave. I could not shake off the image and felt a deep compassion for him. That was to be the tragedy of Sebastian, Leah's only surviving brother. But in order to dredge up his past, I needed a stranger who would drive him to revisit his losses–the artist, Mar. Having her arrive at the island with her eleven-year-old daughter Lemay reawakened in Sebastian his memories of his own sister, Leah. And the story took off from there.
Each of the main characters in the novel deals in his or her own way with a fear of some kind, be it loss, commitment, betrayal, rejection or abandonment. At the very root of those fears is love. The novel explores the extraordinary and cardinal bond between mother and child, as it does other aspects of love: compassion, jealousy, possessiveness and so on.
My hope is that the reader will be transported into the worlds of the characters and the eerie atmosphere of Puerto Franco, which, like most parochial places, is distinguished by the mindset and dynamics of a small community.
"This is a moving tapestry, every bit as perceptive as we come to assume are the paintings created by the main character Mar. This is a psychological book, which deeply explores people and the moments that create them."
"Leah is a well-crafted story told by a writer who deserves greater recognition and applause! Superb novel, Ms. Haffar!"
"I was so engrossed in this book that I read 200+ pages in one night, unable to put it down, fighting off sleep until I had it finished."
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