Her Apparitions & Other Human Longings

Furtado, Lisa

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Synopsis: Lisa Furtado’s Fatima is a young American girl of the 1980’s. She comes ‘of age’ in the disenfranchised era after the “Flower Power” movement, as the daughter of a proud American military leader. Her father’s frequent absences, and strict, intolerant manner, drive Fatima, (and her mother) into different quests that take them from the mainstream of the American idealized family. Wanting to escape from both her parents’ obsessions (and her own inner urgings), Fatima strikes out on-her-own in the wild world, hoping to connect with an older, married man who has preceded her to Asia.

In her back packing travels, Fatima is exposed to adventures that challenge her perceptions and require her to look from a new light at her pre-conceived notions of relationship, independence, self reliance, submission, rebellion and self worth. She is accompanied by a ghost of the atrocities that have been wreaked on Banda’s home country; and finds the contrast of devastation & rebirth, beauty & ravishment, despair & hope, intermingled in the lush greenery of Viet Nam and Cambodia.

Having fallen into traps of seemingly free choice; (sex, power, adoration, slavery, violence, drugs, political intrigue, and collapse), a devastated woman awakens in a hospital in Saigon, Viet Nam. Here she reads Fatima’s diary, and her drug riddled, recuperating mind begins to piece together the truth of who she is, and of the values of life. The devastated woman's drop into the seething abyss of life is the propellant that awakens her to the beauty of forgiveness, genuine love, values, and hope for fresh beginnings.

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About the Author: Fatima is an artfully bedraggled young woman who strikes out on her own in the wild world, hoping to re-unite with Laurence, an American married world-class photographer twice her age who is working in Saigon. While obsessively looking for this man she finds herself in never-ending, surreal backpacking adventures throughout several countries in Asia. Along the way she falls for the traps in ‘free choices’ and winds up in a mental hospital where Laurence and Fatima, a beautiful schizophrenic are joined in an experience that will haunt them forever... Fatima is disillusioned by the American dream that claims freedom and the pursuit of happiness. But how does Fatima create meaning in a world of moral decay? Fatima tells her story over the course of a year while she is being rehabilitated in a mental institution. Both a disturbing and uplifting story, this tale has no end of surprising turns, and unveils the mysteries in the human spirit. Lisa Furtado lives in Taiwan with her husband Charlie and rescued doberman, Sepata. Lisa Furtado was born in Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Her parents immigrated to Canada in the 1960's from Sao Miguel, Azores in Portugal. Lisa is the sister of Nelly Furtado who is a grammy award winning song writer. Lisa Furtado was an English teacher for 8 years in Southern Taiwan before she began writing. Lisa Furtado is a radio host, screen play writer, fashion business owner, humanitarian and reiki/kundalini yoga teacher. She has also received the Casa Dos Azores award recognizing her debut novel, Her Apparitions & Other Human Longings. She has won several awards, such as the Tom Perry Award for Social Responsibility for her volunteer work towards orphans in Africa and AIDS/HIV projects.

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Title: Her Apparitions & Other Human Longings
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
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