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304 pages, Hardcover
First published February 11, 2014
Years are lifetimes in my world.
THE INVISIBLE QUEEN
College loans and Happy Meals. Disneyland. Free refills. Boys like Ian, with dazzling eyes and kind, good hearts. Librarians with arms full of books for the taking, and shiny plastic jewels. Picnics in the park. Lucky Charms.
So much happy artifice. Such fanciful illusions.
PAWNS, PLAYERS, PUPPETEERS
Talking about my world, seeing it distorted, fun-house-mirror reflection in the eyes of these American acquaintances, is okay. Their perspective is not mine, and my reality is not theirs. But somewhere our differences is a shared space where we are friends.
Americans never seem to be at peace with their surroundings - they're always heating or cooling or just constantly changing everything to meet their whims. Watching their industriousness exhausts me, and sometimes I want to shout out, to tell them to just be. But I know I have no right to criticize. Everyone needs to feel some degree of control over their universe.
I am my mother's daughter. I am my father's daughter. And I have learned from their mistakes. I am the Invisible Queen.
"To me, it was simply a story with a message: family honor, redemption, and true love."