Deirdre, the Oyster's Pearl (Deirdre, the Wanderer) (Volume 2)

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What's an intelligent teenager do upon deciding to leave home? Deirdre's answer is to wander the world, surviving on wits, wiles and will power. But it's not as easy as that!

Deirdre, the Oyster’s Pearl
Volume TWO of the Deirdre, the Wanderer series
by Jonnie Comet.

Heartsick and once again homeless, the intrepid fifteen-year-old voyager turns her back on a Bahamian paradise and sails a thousand miles to the mystical Virgin Islands, the destination of her most cherished daydreams. But debilitated by drinking binges she is easily seduced by a sadistic drug smuggler; and shady intrigue, sensual interludes, and the perils of storm season in unprotected seas become routine. Now Deirdre must challenge the limits of her own endurance, both physically and emotionally, if she is to survive the most onerous ordeals so far.

'It is nought but the fear of woman's heart,
And a dream of the night, Deirdre.'
– Celtic faery-tale.

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Deirdre, the Oyster's Pearl
by Jonnie Comet
 
Withan amazing followup to his iconic Deirdre, the Wanderer,Jonnie Comet establishes a globe-girdling series about the life exploits of aneminently credible heroine.

Deirdre,the Oyster's Pearlmanages to outdo Wanderer in all the best points, not theleast of which is sheer sensual appeal. In this second volume of the series,the teenaged vagabond, recoiling from a lost love affair, descends intodetrimental influences like drinking, drugs trafficking and a surprisinglycharming (and funny) dominatrix called Shelly.

'Ifher experiences in Wanderer taught Deirdre how to open thedoor of opportunity,' says the author, 'the episodes of Pearl show howsome opportunities ought not to be taken.'  Too eager to move onwards towards a lifelong goalof seeing the British Virgin Islands, the heroine hitchhikes on a series ofvessels sailing eastward through the Caribbean.Through her resourcefulness, resilience and innate courage, she showsher companions, herself and the reader what true heroism is made of.

Onceagain the author's knack for authenticity enhances the descriptions of tropicaldestinations, pre-9/11 travelling idiosyncrasies and especially sailing scenes.  For over half the book Deirdre is the crewmateand captive of the egocentric Shelly, who has been transporting narcotics anddirty money about the Leeward Islands with impunity until she meets her matchin an innocent and effervescent runaway

Perhapsthe most touching and discomforting feature of the story is the inappropriaterelationship between Deirdre and Shelly.Twelve years apart, the two alternate between their own ages and eachother's.  Whilst the passive-aggressiveShelly is content to treat her indebted servant as an adult when it serves herends, she also prefers that Deirdre be equal parts clueless and powerless.  But she is frequently exasperated by their disparity:'...[S]ometimes you can be such a kid sometimes.  I know I'll never be any kind of role modelbut I just feel like sometimes I know a little more about what's going on thanyou do.'

Deirdre,for her part, matures in wisdom and responsibility enough to know she hasmissed out on some part of having been young.  Shelly is both too overbearing and too amoralto hold her respect, especially after Deirdre meets and quickly falls for anupper-class English boy at the romantic Baths of Virgin Gorda.  When, as a bluff to snare Shelly's affection,she proposes becoming a prostitute, Shelly's response is only noncommittal.  Deirdre complains about what she is helplessto amend: 'I could not help feeling like the girl in high school who expectsmore from her boyfriend than he's ever given her, till she realises he's notcapable of it at all.  The onlydifference was that my "boyfriend" was a 27-year-old lesbian dominatrix.'

Thoughit has its share of good times (and good humour) this relationship, like Shelly's freedom to engagein trafficking, cannot endure long.  Wherein Wanderer Deirdre's loss is due to a deep-seated need tolove, in PearlShelly seems immune to any stirrings of the heart; and she is undone by heraddiction to the narcotics trade itself.The coup de grace at the climax of Pearlis all Deirdre, a clever, spur-of-the-moment and irrevocable decision that resolvesall issues by relying on equal measures of chance, flawed human nature andderring-do... and necessitates a continuation with the next instalment.

Likeits precursor, this is not a book easily put down.  Surfer/ sailor/ musician/ philosopher/ authorComet enhances and extends his original series with this latest effort (to befollowed by at least two more volumes) chronicling the tribulations of themodest, lovably imperfect Deirdre, who may well be one of modern literature'smost engaging protagonists.

- Colin Bunge, for Surf City Source
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About the Author:

The author hails from the Atlantic Ocean resort of Surf City, New Jersey. A sailor, surfer, architect and musician, he has designed and built sailboats and surfboards, composed and performed rock music, taught secondary-school English, edited the periodical The Absolutist and written novels including Love Me Do, Pamela; or Virtue Reclaimed, Deirdre, the Wanderer, Gothic Night and The Castle of the Seven Virgins.

Inspired by Christian moralism, 18th-century fiction and the gothic, his novels and verses feature modern, astute characters, exotic or fanciful settings and surreal social conditions.

The author has two daughters, with whom he produced the schoolgirls' comedy series The Jarmman Show for cable-access TV. He lives on a yacht sailing the US east coast.

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