(Heidi, at My Juicy Little Universe, squeezes flavors on Poetry Friday this week.)
Island’s End, a novel from
This spring through a workshop,
I learned about a novel from poet &
award-winning novelist Padma Venkatraman.
Although this post isn’t about her novel-in-verse,
A TIME TO DANCE, which I expect to
bring to a post later,
I hope you will like beginning to know her works.
And if you already found her, I’m glad we share
appreciation for Padma (also known as T V Padma)
ISLAND’S END by Padma Venkatraman
This contemporary-set novel welcomed me to
meet a hunter-gatherer tribe, lead by the elder,
I became pulled into their ways. The characters
& the setting feel so real, I would welcome a
story about their earlier years, leading up to the
time that we meet the communal villagers.
Ideal Readers of this book, look for stories involving:
Back country camping
Self-sufficient subsistence societies
The story line
Lah-ame, the tribal family’s longtime & wise male
leader, and the main character, Uido, the chosen new leader,
a young woman, are faced with an intrusion of outsiders
coveting wood of fabulous trees, set in contemporary times.
“Maya covers her face with her hands, as though tears
are something to be ashamed of. I put my arms around
her, but she does not sob.”
(about a visiting outsider, Maya, who doesn’t want to harm
the people or resources of the isolated island)
If I say, I’ll be sharing a key plot element, but
the rituals & traditions of the tribe call out
to my inner-anthropologist self.
Book bonus 1
Pitcher plants! Seasonal pitcher plant bogs grace
the wild part of our North Florida world; I can’t
remember when I’ve found these unusual plants
to be an important feature of a
beautiful novel the way they are here.
Book bonus 2
Inspired by a writing prompt shared at
Reflections on the Teche by Poetry Friday’s
I selected words that feel charged, played with them
& offer this found poem,
inspired by ISLAND’S END:
by Jan Annino
~ Jan Annino
Book bonus # 3
The author’s oceanography career before publishing novels
sailed her to many places, including islands off India.
In learning that some island groups inexplicably avoided
harm from the disastrous 2004 tsunami, she found a
story route into how that could be.
For more on Padma Venkatraman, author of
CLIMBING THE STAIRS
A TIME TO DANCE
Meet Padma at these places:
James River Writers Conference 2016