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How the Water Falls by [K.P. Kollenborn]

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Length: 346 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 18 - 18 Grade Level: 12 - 12
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  • Finalist for Self-Publishing Review Indie Woman Award
"How the Water Falls is a sweeping display of triumph over tragedy, no matter how small the victory or arduous the journey." 

"K. P. Kollenborn's novel How the Water Falls is a fabulous addition to the vibrant and turbulent history of South Africa." 
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"[T]his is such a powerful and moving story that I couldn't put it down and it's left a haunting impression on me that will stay with me for quite some time." 

"Highly recommended not only as an exciting thriller, but as a wonderful illustration of this past and present world-wide issue.   And, thank you, K. P. Kollenborn for your outstanding effort to spotlight deceptions and lies in a manner needed to constantly strive to affect change." 
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"This book was super complex and addressed politics, the history of apartheid, ethics, and the brutality of that time. Anyone who likes history or wants to learn more about this time would really enjoy this book." 
The Serious Reader

"The reader is compelled by the sheer scope of the mayhem contained herein to ride the wave of madness to its uncertain conclusion. Historical fiction ought always to educate. The message here is a vital warning about the perils of repressive government that has been ignored time and time again throughout human history.
Readers' Favorite Review

"There are several moments where I literally caught my breath and didn't realize I had until I let it all out when whichever character was on the page was safe again." 
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From the Author

I wish to have a symbolic connection with the titles to the meaning of my stories. How the Water Falls is meant to represent the ideology of power and corruption through the structure of waterfalls, and how a system can fall by the pressure of united power.  One of my characters, Lena, explains it all at the ending of the book. I wanted to incorporate the political turmoil through the book cover. Three of my main characters are present, Lena, Joanne, and Jared, amidst the backdrop of the new South African flag after the fall of apartheid.  Inside the flag, you see an image of a waterfall which is designated to hold both the symbolism and literal meaning of the story line: a story about power and corruption, and how ordinary people can influence the system. Underneath the characters are a line of fire and a large cloud of smoke to represent the violence. I love stories that deal with struggle for freedom, searching for identity and purpose, and have some sort of message that forces you to contemplate. Therefore, John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men are still inside my head. He mixes literary prose and realism with such grit and fortitude that I'm charmed by his depressing and enriching style.  I love how F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby used cultural references of that time period to preserve the essence of the Roaring Twenties. I've also been inspired by G.J Ballard's Empire of the Sun, William Golding's Lord of the Flies, and J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians when dealing with war, prejudices, and violent interactions between people under stressful circumstances. But more recently, I've enjoyed how integrating the art of storytelling with historical research have succeeded beyond a marginalized audience such as Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants, and Kathryn Stockett's The Help.

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