This is the story of two men who first become friends in 1970s New York, of the women in their lives, and of their sons, born the same year.
Both Leo Hertzberg, an art historian, and Bill Weschler, a painter, are cultured, decent men, but neither is equipped to deal with what happens to their children - Leo's son drowns when he's 12, while Bill's son Mark grows up to be a delinquent, and the acolyte of a sinister, guru-like artist who spawns murder in his wake.
Spanning the hedonism of the eighties and the chill-out nineties, this multi-layered novel combines a plot of mounting menace with a deeply moving account of familial relationships and a superbly observed portrait of an artist, set against the backdrop of a society reaching new depths of depravity in its frenetic quest for the next fashion, drug and thrill.
Author Biography: Siri Hustvedt's first novel, The Blindfold, was published by Sceptre in 1993 and has since been translated into sixteen foreign languages. In 2001 the film Of women and Magic, based on Part Three of the novel, was released.
Her work has been published in The Paris Review, Fiction, and The Best American Short Stories, and she is also the author of a book of poetry, Reading to You, a collection of essays, Yonder, and a second novel, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
If you were to ask a hundred people the best way to be happy, you'd probably get a hundred different answers. Here's why. Not only does each person have their own perception of happiness, they, also, have their own way of finding it. The bottom line is that true happiness comes from within-not from others-and taking the first step must, also, start from within. Ernest Holmes wrote The Science Of Mind in 1926 as a guide to happiness from within that has grown to become a spiritual philosophy embraced by people around the world, based on one's individual personal power to transform their life through the power of thought. THE SCIENCE OF MIND WAY by Joan McCall now provides a simple introduction to this philosophy that will first help you tap into the source of your true happiness, then jump-start your life to new heights regardless of current relationships, finances or career. Read this simple book and redirect your road to happiness ...the Science of Mind way.
LISA ACOR LAUREL knows firsthand the necessity of letting go of relationships that aren't working-letting go and moving on to mystery, adventure, and fulfillment. In this memoir, she narrates her escape from an abusive relationship and how she found healing and self-discovery through her faith and trust in God.
"Love in the Gardens of Macantar" delivers a series of personal journal entries chronicling Laurel's journey from codependency, addiction, self-pity, and blame to a life of happiness, contentment, and taking responsibility for her actions. It captures her progress through one year of healing, and it sheds light on Laurel's inner-self, the great significance of her journey, and how she found her true passion in gardening.
Inspiring and uplifting, Laurel's testimony offers hope for a prosperous, productive, and fulfilling life after leaving an abusive relationship. Realizing that happiness is not a luxury, it is a responsibility, "Love in the Gardens of Macantar" shows there is a new beginning after the end.