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Keeper of Secrets: Translations of an Incident Paperback – June 15, 2007
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Floyd uses her psychiatric training and interest in Buddhism to illustrate how one shocking moment pushes people along the path to self-reflection and self-awareness as well as how to forgive both themselves and others.
Though these stories primarily involve African-Americans in the Bay Area, the stories are universally appealing and relate to the lives of all of us. The last two stories of the suite, however, seem a bit disjointed from the rest; as though the author absolutely wanted to include the horrors of 9/11 and the Iraq War in this collection to illustrate other ways of suffering and healing. These two seem a bit moralizing, going beyond the theme of moving towards inner peace, which rings clear throughout the rest of the narrative.
If you want a thoughtful short-length read, this book provides an opportunity to explore identity and universal themes that touch us all throughout our lives, with a heady dose of good psychiatry and meditation.
In Dancing Sivah, Raven Clarke, a former psychotherapist, is having dinner with her husband, Drew, an attorney and one of his clients in an elegant restaurant in San Francisco. Raven is a reluctant dinner companion, suffering from fatigue and sleeplessness, having been plagued by her infant daughter's nonstop nightly crying. Raven has flashbacks to the night she chose Drew over Absylom, her Ugandan/Rajasthani lover. Can she get back to that place where in the distant past, visions and meditations were the key to her sanity and harmony? Will overcoming the sins of the mother be the key to reclaiming her life and restful sleep? She is jarred out of her reverie by an argument which turns violent and Raven finds herself in the middle of it with Drew hovering over her. That incident witnessed by a roomful of people triggers a series of back stories, secrets and lies from the past, and a look at the complex cast of characters.
The ensuing stories delve into the psyche of wounded, scarred and sometimes tortured souls of several individuals and families. In the title story Keeper of Secrets, psychoanalyst Lahni Irete seeks psychotherapy for herself in order to come to terms with childhood demons as well as doubts about her choice in marrying a blind Nigerian financier instead of her longtime friend.Read more ›
Taking you on a journey you've never been on before this book--8 short stories intricately threaded together to create a full-length novel will not disappoint. For distinguishing taste, each story will take on the voice of a character that travels with Anjuelle guiding her into the life of the next story, touching on real topics such as motherhood, marriage, politics and war, while in fantastic settings. So uncommon is this read that you'll find yourself pondering it for a long time.
Having heard Anjuelle read from the work it's not hard to see her heart pouring out over Raven and her inner pain to the blind, Sahel and her inner sight...just two of the many well developed, poignant characters.
I know I haven't told you much about the stories but they are not easy to put into everyday words, you'd have to be where I was to really appreciate and understand how--out of the ordinary Ms. Floyd's literary work really is. Suffice it to say, I had the advantage of hearing her read the words which could only enhance your experience but trust me...I highly recommend you picking up this book and reading the it yourself. It's well worth it.
By Anjuelle Floyd
Breaking the Mold - August 20, 2007
In a world where cookie-cutter novels have become the norm rather than the exception - debut author Anjuelle Floyd has broken the mold.
The Keeper of Secrets: Translations of an Incident, a collection of interconnecting short stories, is a literary case study in how one incident can be translated into many scenarios.
Author Floyd does a magnificent job of making the reader privy to a specific incident with tentacles that touch the lives of others. Embracing her fund of knowledge as a psychologist and grasp of multiple cultures, readers are skillfully and enjoyably drawn into the world of a diverse group of professionals and those in their close and outer circle. A majority of them are carrying luggage that should have been unpacked years ago. A variety of reasons as to why they have not is what will hold your attention.
In each story we are introduced to individuals who outwardly are living the life fairy tales are made of. With each turned page you will be exposed to past experiences robbing them of the fullness of the present. You will wonder why Raven is tortured by the cries of her infant? What is it from Lahni Irete's childhood that led to selecting a blind man rather than the man she truly loves as her husband? Why does Arianne seek comfort in the ghost of a deceased patient rather than the arms of her husband? Will Trey's past be the salvation for a positive future?
Told in a refreshingly intellectual tone, The Keeper of Secrets, rather than excluding, invites a wide range of readers to imbibe words that stimulate, educate and entertain.
Reviewer/Dr. Linda Beed
On Assignment Reviews/Author of Business Unusual
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't finish this book. I only got to page 42 and decided it wasn't worth my while to read it. It just wasn't my type of book.Published 11 months ago by F. Miers
One incident in a restaurant between a couple, eight stories of how it impacts different people (directly or indirectly). Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lily Raines
Not as good as "The Secret Garden" and "Riverton". Very slow at the beginning, found it took too long to pick up but when I did I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published on April 28, 2013 by Mary Costello
Some of the stories were interested but overall the book was confusing. It was difficult to follow the characters. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I downloaded this book for free from the kindle store. This book is an interrelated collection of short stories. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Urs
Love love love this book! Now I have to read everything else she has out... I am a new fan Miss Floyd!Published on December 11, 2012 by I read everything...
Keeper of Secrets--no secret here re. high school level of writing. Painfully inept attempt at dialogue. Sorry but not worth using up space on Kindle. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Joellyn
Very interesting book indeed. It was great how they fit in together. Loved it and couldn't wait to see how the next chapters people were involvedPublished on December 5, 2012 by Linda D. Sami
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It was clever, almost always well-paced (a few bits drag slightly, but it's mostly expository information that you actually need to... Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by Emily