Sunday, July 31, 2011
Love Binding Creative Souls
I enjoy an author that can use description to carry me away and place me in locations that I can enjoy within my mind's eye. Christa Polkinhorn does just that in Love of a Stonemason. From Switzerland to Italy to Peru, I enjoyed vistas I will never see; felt breezes across lakes and through valleys I will never personally feel; was surrounded by local scents from exotic dishes and fields of flowers that I will never smell.
The title of her book first intrigued me as my grandfather was a stonemason and her Andreas brought back many memories of watching the way 'Grampa' could press his will upon a piece of granite.
Her Karla is an artist and I understood her challenges when approaching a blank canvas. Once upon a time I painted and Christa tweaked my mind with the scent of turpentine and the feel of paint on the brush as it made magic on the easel.
But more than a romance between creative minds, this story digs deep into the early trauma of each and follows their struggle in resolving their individual demons.
This would be the perfect book to tuck in your suitcase or add to your kindle for that "myself" time this summer. Pick your own special spot - perhaps in the shade of a maple tree beside a secluded cove at the lake. Ah, sounds of waves lapping gently on the shore, glass of wine and Love of a Stonemason.
Elizabeth Egerton Wilder
Author of The Spruce Gum Box
Born and raised in Switzerland, I have always had the desire to explore the world outside of my beautiful but tiny country. As a young woman, I traveled through Europe, came to the United States on an exchange program, and ended up staying. My travels led me to China and Japan as well as South America. I studied literature and linguistics in Zurich and California. Now, I live and work as writer and translator in southern California and divide my time between the United States and my native Switzerland. The tension and excitement this "double life" creates informs my literary work. Most of my novels take place in several countries. Aside from writing and traveling, I am an avid reader, a lover of the arts, red wine, and dark chocolate. I published three novels, AN UNCOMMON FAMILY, LOVE OF A STONEMASON and EMILIA as well as a collection of poems, PATH OF FIRE. I am working on a fourth novel.