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Under An Orange Sun, Some Days Are Blue Paperback – April 3, 2012
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"Under An Orange Sun" is a distinctive blend of literary storytelling, raw emotion, and motivational fiction.
About the Author
Irving Belateche is an award-winning author, a screenwriter, and an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. He's written the Amazon bestsellers "Einstein's Secret," "The Origin of Dracula," and "H2O." He's also written screenplays for Paramount, Universal, Sony, Lionsgate, and Warner Bros. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
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This is not your typical grief book.
Yes, it is the story of a father who lost his daughter to cancer, and yes, it is unbearable to imagine beyond words.
But words must be used when writing a book. And it is even more necessary when your profession is a writer. And when you are experiencing writer's block, and nothing seems to be working to get you through it, it seems natural to put down on paper the issues of what is wrong, and to try and solve your way through the problem by using logical steps.
But grief doesn't work like that. Grief must be experienced. It is a journey that you cannot circumvent, it is not a short walk to the end.
Without giving away too much of the family's lives, the author tells of his struggles to get back into his daily routine and churn out the product that has supported his family for many years. He doesn't share with many of his colleagues the heartache he feels over his loss, his deadworld, and instead tries to incorporate the grief into his life by minimalizing it and putting work into the forefront of his days. But the grief of losing his daughter causes him to sink lower into a funk, and only by acknowleging the pain of loss does he begin to emerge and go back to writing.
Even though this book is presented as a novel, I know there is truth behind it. And it is the truth that makes it sing. He touches on some of the aspects that many of us grieving parents face: the world that keeps on spinning even when we feel that it should have fallen off its axis; trying to figure out WHY did our child get cancer in the first place and why wasn't there a cure; the stupid things people say to grieving parents when they think they are being comforting; looking for a sign from our dead child, or even that life is going to get better. And of course, the poetry that is shared is bittersweet when we find new meanings after our child has left us.
But it is of course the writing, the making of a living for his surviving family that consumes the author. And rightly so. For it is hard to find a new normal when you are struggling to make it though daily life of providing enough food, clothing and shelter for those who are still living. His dealings with co-workers who don't really get what he is going though, and his self doubts over whether he will rise back to the successes he once had are very identifiable to many of us.
I give this book a thumbs up.
Then again it is a book about the industry and the enigmatic "muse" of writing that is as informative as it is cathartic to his journey of grief. I could feel myself at times looking into the abyss of his "Dead World" and at other times standing right along side of him looking at the bittersweet snap shots of happier times. It pulled me right along into his thoughts that the creative path, as well as life in total is always in movement and change. What works for us creatively and emotionally today may not work us tomorrow. He shows us that pain and hope are verbs that are full of work and action and through that action comes healing and answers.
A must read book!