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Keeper of Secrets...Translations of an Incident [Kindle Edition]

Anjuelle Floyd
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"Karmic truth, the effect of our decisions with our secrets and our deepest loves, comes back and squeezes the hearts of these characters. The elegant, super-rich, super-accomplished African-Americans in Keeper of Secrets are as susceptible as anyone to conflicting passions, ones that may not be reconcilable in this world... Floyd pulls the reader into their lives without mercy." --Clive Matson, author of Let the Crazy Child Write! and First Ten Songs

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The elegant, accomplished African-American protagonists are transformed by witnessing a near stabbing in a restaurant one evening. Their personal translations of the incident propel them toward deeper connections, unifying the characters in their search for self-definition and the meaning of their lives.


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"Karmic truth, the effect of our decisions with our secrets and our deepest loves, comes back and squeezes the hearts of these characters. The elegant, super-rich, super-accomplished African-Americans in Keeper of Secrets are as susceptible as anyone to conflicting passions, ones that may not be reconcilable in this world... Floyd pulls the reader into their lives without mercy." --Clive Matson, author of Let the Crazy Child Write! and First Ten Songs

About the Author

Anjuelle Floyd is a wife of more than twenty-five years, mother of three, licensed psychotherapist, painter, and writer. A student of cultures, relationships, and dreams, she weaves all three into her short stories and novels. When not traveling the world, she makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Product Details

  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0976926180
  • Publisher: Anjuelle Floyd (December 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RIGTVU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,791 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A psychological ripple effect in eight short stories August 20, 2008
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In a sequence of eight stories whose epicenter revolves around a near-fatal incident in a restaurant, Anjuelle Floyd explores the ripple effect of this event as it touches a network of interconnected individuals. They make up a community of successful, artistic African Americans, traumatized emotionally and physically by their past or recent experiences dealing with life, love, violence, apathy, death, and blame.

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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Physician, Heal Thy Self July 9, 2007
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Anjuelle Floyd makes her debut in a captivating collection of interconnected stories, Keeper of Secrets...Translations of an Incident. The stories center on a group of accomplished, upper-middle class Blacks living in the Oakland/San Francisco area of California who are either acquainted with each other from the past or through the proverbial six degrees of separation.

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncommonly Good November 26, 2007
Format:Paperback
Poetry in literary motion, this is Anjuelle Floyd's freshman (fiction) offering... Keeper of Secrets -Translations of an incident.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking The Mold August 20, 2007
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The Keeper of Secrets: Translations of an Incident
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
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
One incident in a restaurant between a couple, eight stories of how it impacts different people (directly or indirectly). Read more
Published 3 months ago by FireBird28
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read.
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 18 months ago by Mary Costello
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
Some of the stories were interested but overall the book was confusing. It was difficult to follow the characters. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting book of linked short stories
I downloaded this book for free from the kindle store. This book is an interrelated collection of short stories. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Urs
4.0 out of 5 stars New to this authors work...
Love love love this book! Now I have to read everything else she has out... I am a new fan Miss Floyd!
Published 22 months ago by I read everything...
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable
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 more
Published 22 months ago by Joellyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
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 involved
Published 22 months ago by Linda D. Sami
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing; Multi-Faceted
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 more
Published on October 22, 2012 by Emily
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Finish It
As others had indicated, this book was too badly written and edited to be readable. I thought the description was interesting though and hoped I could overlook the problems - I... Read more
Published on October 21, 2012 by L. Grimm
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeper of Secrets . ..Translations of an Incident
I found this book very engaging. It took me a while to realize the plot centered around an near fatal incident. I really liked it. The ending seemed to be really abrupt. Read more
Published on October 21, 2012 by qtbear
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More About the Author

Anjuelle Floyd is the author of "Keeper of Secrets...Translations of an Incident", June 15, 2007, a collection of interconnected short stories, and two novels, "The House", October 15, 2012, and "Seasons in Purdah," September 9, 2012.
www.anjuellefloyd.com/books/keeper-of-secrets/
www.anjuellefloyd.com/books/the-house/
http://anjuellefloyd.com/

Anjuelle is a wife of thirty years, mother of three, abstract painter and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in mother-daughter relations and dream work.
A graduate of Duke University, she received her MA in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, she has attended the Dominican Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, California.
Anjuelle received a MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Port Townsend, Washington. She has also received certificates of participation from The Hurston-Wright Writers' Week and The Voices of Our Nations Writing Workshops.

A student of Process Painting from 1998-2006, Anjuelle has participated in The Art of Living Black Exhibitions 2004--2011 held at the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California.

Listen to Anjuelle's interviews of various authors on Book Talk, Creativity and Family Matters @
www.blogtalkradio.com/anjuellefloyd

Read Anjuelle's blogs and more about her @ http://anjuellefloyd.com/blog/ and http://anjuellefloyd.com/about/

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