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Love of a Stonemason (Family Portrait. Vol. 2) Paperback – July 24, 2010
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From the Author
The initial trigger was an intense personal experience. At the end of 2005, I lost my mother and found myself to be the sole survivor of our immediate family in Switzerland, my only sister and my father having died earlier. Death and its impact--the pain of loss and loneliness--play an important in the life of the main character in the novel.
During that time, I spent several months in Switzerland, cleaning out our family home, getting it ready to be renovated. I came across my father's early paintings--he was an artist as a young man. I talked to a stonemason and sculptor about the tombstone on my parent's grave. That gave me the idea for my main characters and their professions. I spent time with my relatives in the Ticino, the Italian canton of Switzerland, so the Vallemaggia became the central location. My trips to Peru and Italy also found their way into the novel.
The final product was a completely fictional story. While writing Love of a Stonemason, I was rarely conscious of any one particular person, incidence or experience which influenced me. Some of it came to me much later. I had many "aha"-moments half-way into the novel or even after it was finished. One of the most fascinating aspects of the creative process is the way consciousness and the unconscious work together to produce something unique and new.
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Top Customer Reviews
"I don't pretend to know what love is for everyone, but I can tell you what it is for me; love is knowing all about someone, and still wanting to be with them more than any other person, love is trusting them enough to tell them everything about yourself, including the things you might be ashamed of, love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone, but still getting weak knees when they walk into a room and smile at you."
This is exactly what Polkinhorn's novel is all about, the struggle to overcome your demons and let love flood in.
Karla is an artist, but like most magicians with a canvas her talents come at a cost. At the age of 5 Karla lost her mother, and with it went her peace. Andreas is also an artist, but instead of painting he carves tombstones. Both have issues, both are looking for closure, and in a ironic turn of fate (or an inability to look where they are going) they are about to meet, but will their instant connection be enough to keep them together? With depression, and anger waiting in the wings Karla and Andreas are forced to make a decision... face their pasts together, or live their hells alone.
A few days ago I was dreading having to write this review. I was 20% in and bored (which is never a good sign) but luckily my inability to toss a book (regardless of how crappy) kicked in and I pushed through. I'm very glad I didn't give up.Read more ›
How to classify this book - I first thought it sounded like a romance, but after finishing it, I would say it is more general fiction. Romance is key, Karla and Andreas' relationship is very key to the book. But most romance novels stop after dating and marriage usually, sometimes with glimpses of family life if there are several books in a series. The beauty of Ms. Polkinhorn's novel is that it continues through the years after they marry and delves much deeper into the characters of Karla and Andreas as they tackle the new ups and downs of marriage, of their art and of family.
Love of a Stonemason never lags in plot. Whether you are looking into depression, the ups of a great art career, the separation (distance-wise) of Andreas and Karla, starting a family, all of this flowed together so well and made a great story. I was never bored and wondering when something good would happen. It was all interesting and attention getting. It's as edge-of-your-seat as a non-thriller work can get. I was always wondering what would happen next, what aspect of life would be shown.
The realism is beautiful too. Love of a Stonemason truly shows the ups and downs of life, love and family.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This second "Family Portrait" book is about the relationship between the artist, Karla, and Andreas. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lawrence Enright
This is a sequel to a book that begins when the protagonist was young. In following the denouement of her life you learn more about her emotional reactions. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Prindaville
This book brings us into the adult life of a child character from an ealeir book, but is strong and well written. Easily stands on its own. Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by esomanybooks
For me, Love of a Stonemason was not an easy read. I personally think that this is one of those books that you either like or you don't. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by KindleJunkie
I guess this is suppose to be modern romance between two people with less than idealic childhoods who have to learn to trust each other.... Read morePublished on September 29, 2012 by Zarbo AZ
Christa Polkinhorn has written another engrossing, beautiful book. Its characters are believeable and its author's style so descriptive that you will feel you know the characters. Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by Joyce Holden
I, too, was impressed with the 5 star reviews of this book, but, unfortunately, it just wasn't my thing. The writing is great... Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by gertie313
You know how you feel when you are reading a book you love and you just hate for it to end? I could not WAIT to be done with this book. Read morePublished on February 22, 2012 by Jane Manning
Karla is an aspiring artist who is almost hit by a car one day. After her and the driver, Andreas, yell at each other, she meets him again when she is at her mother's grave. Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by liketoread