Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Book Review: "Paris, Rue des Martyrs" (Adria J. Cimino)

Have you ever stopped to consider how closely linked and intertwined human lives really are? You pass someone in the street, a stranger to you, but is he or she really a stranger? Perhaps he's the son of your best friend's new husband, whom you have yet to meet. Maybe she's the girl who eats at the same corner table in the same restaurant every day where you meet your friends for lunch, and you've just never noticed her before.

Anything is possible.

In the same vein, while you're busy living your own crazy, mixed-up life, one moment to the next, did you ever think that every other person on the planet is busy doing the same thing with his or her own life? That inside each house and apartment is someone, and maybe several someones, who are having their own conversations, fussing at their own children, making their own plans, and none of those have anything to do with you?

It's a pleasure to introduce to my readers the literary novel Paris, Rue des Martyrs, by author Adria J. Cimino, which seeks to explore all these questions and many more.

Four individual characters' lives come together in the novel, one thread at a time, and gradually overlap and weave until each is indistinct from the others. Sometimes, in the process, a beautiful pattern is created. Other times, there are only knots.

But life is about learning to live with the beautiful patterns and the messy knots, in equal measure.

Rafael is on a mission to find the woman his dying father commissioned him to locate, and to learn what she might mean to the life he abandoned in the emerald trade.

Cecile, a middle-aged woman trapped in a dull marriage, is presented with an opportunity to do something she's never considered before, and must choose whether to do what's best for others, or for herself.

Andre is a once-famous actor who, following a terrible accident, does little more than make others' lives miserable until a long-lost love resurfaces with their son, an aspiring actor himself, in tow.

And when Mira is selfishly betrayed by those she thought she could trust, she determines to start over on her own, doing whatever it will take to redefine herself and get her worth back.

Each of these lives, so seemingly disparate, ultimately proves that the world is a far smaller and more intimately involved place than perhaps any of us take time to think about. Cimino's closely written, compelling work touches on themes of love, fear, betrayal, identity, self-worth, awareness, sexuality, art, beauty, failure, lust, success, trust, and more.

For a work that will transport you out of your comfortable life and out into a world where no one is "nobody" and every person has more than one identity and place to belong, I encourage you to check out Paris, Rue des Martyrs. You won't be disappointed.

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Author: Adria J. Cimino
Title: Paris, Rue des Martyrs
Publisher: Velvet Morning Press
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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