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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 ›
Karla, the painter, and Andreas, the stonemason, meet in what at first appears to be a typical romance plot device, but it's not. These characters have depth, which the author portrays with sensitivity and realism. The darkness in their pasts threatens the relationship they form. Their torments and troubles drew me in. At times, I wanted to comfort them; at others, I wanted to smack Karla or shake Andreas.
Just when Karla finally faces the last of her demons and deals with it, Andreas' personal hell erupts with full force. Each time, as these characters stumbled, I thought I knew what would come next, but I rarely did.
The author weaves the threads of her story into a beautiful tapestry. This debut novel is a worthwhile read and almost doubles as a vacation escape. Well done.
I read some of the glowing reviews. Some of them really gave me a different perspective and I was glad for it. This book just wasn't for me, I guess.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
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
Love of a Stonemason is a marvelous book. Although the characters are fictional (although they don't seem to be), the feelings and emotions that they brought out for me were very... Read morePublished on February 11, 2012 by Dafna Yee
`She saw the car just as she stepped into the crosswalk. An old beat-up Fiat screeched to a stop within a few inches away from her. Read morePublished on December 4, 2011 by Martha A. Cheves
I have been living in the Ticino in the south of Switzerland for the last thirty years. It was only while reading LOVE OF A STONEMASON that I began to pay attention to the... Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Silvia