Far Cry From The Turquoise Room
Told from both daughter and father’s perspectives, Far Cry From The Turquoise Room is a coming-of-age, riches-to-rags tale of loss, resilience, and self-discovery, set just before the millennium. It is also about the passage of childhood into puberty.
Leila is the eight-year-old daughter of Hassan Nassiri, a wealthy Iranian property owner, and younger sister to the adored Fayruz, her father’s favourite daughter.
But a holiday narrowboat tragedy has far-reaching consequences for the surviving family. Hassan withdraws into reclusive grief, when he’s not escaping into work, or high jinks with his men friends at his second home in Hampstead, leaving Leila to fend for herself in a lonely world of nannies, chess and star-gazing.
Leila eventually runs away from home and joins a family of travellers in Sussex, and so follows a tale of adventure, danger and romance – and further anguish for her surviving family. But how will she fare at such a young age and will her family ever find her?
Amazon Paperback – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Far-Turquoise-Room-Kate-Rigby/dp/1463611102
About Kate Rigby
Kate Rigby was born near Liverpool and now lives in the south west of England. She’s been writing for nearly forty years, with a few small successes along the way, although she has long term health conditions. Having been traditionally published, small press published and she is now indie published.
She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so she decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip was first published in 2010 and it has since been updated.
However, she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka!(2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones.
Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007).
She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology, Pfoxmoor Publishing (2011). Hard Workers is to republished for a third time – in an anthology called ‘Condoms & Hot Tubs Don’t Mix’ – an anthology of Sexcapades – which is due to be published by Beating Windward Press in the US in February 2018. It is her shortest ever story and yet the most popular in that sense! All proceeds will go towards planned parenthood.
She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played (now re-Kindled as Did You Whisper Back?).
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4 terrifically turquoise stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This was both an engaging and sometimes disturbing story of a family in the aftermath of a tragedy…. told from alternating points of view Hassan a wealthy businessman and his 10-year-old daughter Leila…. don’t want to say too much about the plot, because it’s hard to say much without giving anything away…. so I will focus on the characters…. the favorite part of books for me is always the characters….. and the characters in this book were very well-developed and one of them was likable….
Hassan has worked very hard to get where he is, he is an Iranian wealthy businessman living in the UK…. he has a beautiful home, a beautiful wife, a beautiful family, and then tragedy strikes…. now in my opinion I did not care for his character on a personal level…. I did not like how he handled himself throughout the majority of this book, especially in regards to his actions towards his daughter….. he also threw himself a bit of a pity party and didn’t take much responsibility for some things… he was very woah is me…. however even though I did not like him he was very well-developed right down to his speech patterns….
Leila my heart broke for this girl…. where as I wanted to reach into the pages and shake her father I wanted to reach into the pages and give her a big hug…. she just wanted to be loved, she wanted to “be somebody’s favorite person“…. as much as much as I adored her and could so vividly picture her, I had a little bit of an issue with her age…. as a mother of three children who are all past the age of 10 and were pretty independent 10-year-olds…. none of them could have pulled off or survived like this girl… although they had a much better mother than she did…. but don’t get me started on her….
All in all I was very engaged with Leila and her story and her fortitude…. I was disturbed by the parenting in this book although I do recognize I have never gone through this tragedy and there are also some cultural differences…. lastly I truly appreciated the growth in both of these characters throughout the book I found it interesting and realistic…
I’d recommend if you want a quick read with some interesting characters and a compelling story line…. also towards the end of this book I was thinking I really would like to know what happens with this family after all of this, apparently there is another book, going to need to check that out!
*** thank you to the author for a copy of this book ***
Hugs to you all,