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How the Water Falls

Kollenborn, K.P.

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Title: How the Water Falls

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform


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  • Finalist for Self-Publishing Review Indie Woman Award
On the fringes of a civil war arise a kaleidoscope of stories of abuse, power, betrayal, sex, love, and absolution, all united by the failings of a dying government. Set in the backdrop during the last years of South Africa's apartheid, How the Water Falls is a psychological thriller that unfolds the truth and deception of the system's victims, perpetrators, and unlikely heroes. The two main characters, one white, Joanne- a reporter, the other black, Lena- a banned activist, have their lives continuously overlap through the people they know during a thirteen-year period and eventually become friends as a result of their interviews together. Joanne personifies the need to question and investigate apartheid's corruption from a white person's perspective. Although her intentions begin with idealism, no matter how naïve, as the years pass while the system is failing, she crosses the threshold of what it means to be caught up inside the belly of the beast, especially after crossing paths with the Borghost brothers. Lena, who is inspired by her predecessors, such as Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela, is among the minority of black women to peacefully battle for equality, even if her struggle is indicative of sacrificing her health and safety. Hans Borghost is Johannesburg's commissioner of police who, like all those before, had a military background before pursuing a law enforcement career. Violent, manipulative, and controlling, he incarnates the image of South Africa's perpetrators. Jared Borghost is the younger brother of Hans and, like his brother, has a military background, but unlike Hans, he internally combats between his sense of duty and morality. His inconsistency indicates a conscience that leaves one to ponder whether Jared is either a perpetrator, victim, or both. As his surname suggests, Bor-GHOST represents the "ghosts" that haunt the family's past. Many other characters play the roles of spies, freedom fighters, lovers, adversaries, and supporters. This novel is as complex as apartheid was itself, unlacing fabrics of each character's life to merge into a catalyst downfall. The question of who will survive this downfall will suffice in the courts of truth and reconciliation and whether love is strong enough to preserve peace.

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I wish to have a symbolic connection with the titles to the meaning of my stories. How the Water Falls is meant to represent the ideology of power and corruption through the structure of waterfalls, and how a system can fall by the pressure of united power.  One of my characters, Lena, explains it all at the ending of the book. I wanted to incorporate the political turmoil through the book cover.  Three of my main characters are present, Lena, Joanne, and Jared, amidst the backdrop of the new South African flag after the fall of apartheid.  Inside the flag, you see an image of a waterfall which is designated to hold both the symbolism and literal meaning of the story line: a story about power and corruption, and how ordinary people can influence the system. Underneath the characters are a line of fire and a large cloud of smoke to represent the violence. I love stories that deal with struggle for freedom, searching for identity and purpose, and have some sort of message that forces you to contemplate.  Therefore, John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men are still inside my head. He mixes literary prose and realism with such grit and fortitude that I'm charmed by his depressing and enriching style.  I love how F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby used cultural references of that time period to preserve the essence of the Roaring Twenties. I've also been inspired by G.J Ballard's Empire of the Sun, William Golding's Lord of the Flies, and J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians when dealing with war, prejudices, and violent interactions between people under stressful circumstances. But more recently, I've enjoyed how integrating the art of storytelling with historical research have succeeded beyond a marginalized audience such as Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants, and Kathryn Stockett's The Help.

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