Pub Date 15 Jun 2019
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“He didn’t know if she was alive or dead. Everything since her had been a mistake.”
Bruno never had the chance to realise his full self. Flora had made sure of that. He had barely been fifteen.
Broken, full of anxiety and thinking solitude is the answer, he heads for the remotest corner of the Earth that he can think of: the Amazon. But he’s not as alone as he expects.
Nestled in between lush forest and pristine beaches, Brisas is like a place out of time, the inhabitants living in harmony with each other and in tune with nature. Stumbling onto this vibrant community, Bruno instantly forgets about his quest for solitude and decides to start over here, that is, until a violent confrontation with the town’s founder Big Mac has him questioning his decision. As he prepares to leave again, he encounters a young runaway who convinces him to stay.
Beatriz is charming and clever and emanates a strength that draws Bruno in. They form a close friendship on which Bruno comes to depend, but as shocking events begin to rock the community, Bruno and Beatriz’s bond is tested and they find themselves trapped in a web of fear and foreboding.
"The way the author told the story was very unique to me. I thought it would be a love story, and it was, but not in the way i thought. I thought it would be a rags-to-riches story, and it was but not in the way I thought."
"I’d like to begin by saying how much I loved reading your novel. The style is immediate and engaging, pared down, yet laced with enough immersive prose to give a strong sense of mood, character and place. The concept and themes are original, introducing us to a world most are unfamiliar with, and yet has great recognisable elements, particularly to those who travel. The town of Brisas is rendered with rich and vivid detail. I particularly like the idea of having us settle in one location to explore its many facets, and in turn explore its people and hierarchies. For the most part your tale is a bildungsroman with a difference – rather than coming of age, this is a coming of middle age story; we are faced with a grown man who lost himself at some point during his childhood, and never gave himself the chance to fully realise who he might be. He’s a tortured, self loathing figure, and yet the more we learn the more we begin to see the noble, gentle person beneath the visage of the vagabond, as he simultaneously discovers this himself. This novel very loosely reminds me of Alex Garland’s The Beach, mixed with an adult rendering of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies."