International Writers Magazine:E- Book Review
Rain by Wallace Dorian
One womans journey into a heart of
Wallace Dorians intriguing first novella, Desert Rain,
he takes his heroine Cynthia Ryan into a heart of darkness. But
unlike Joseph Conrads famous classic, Cynthias journey
takes her into Americas southwest while making a film of
the Kachina cult and the Hopi people, their lore and their prophecies.
tackles the age-old dilemma of death, loss, redemption and sacrifice
in innovative ways. Using the formula of the journey, Mr. Dorian brings
a kind of epic or mythic scope to this contemporary western steeped
in Americana while at the same time, sharing with us a haunting, somewhat
apocalyptic vision of the future that ends on an optimistic note.
He does this through the interesting character of Mary, a half-Hopi
coming-of-age eighteen-year old who has not seen her father in nine
The story, while told through the weary eyes of Cynthia, an Emmy-award
winning documentary filmmaker making a comeback after the tragic suicide
death of her teenage son, Steven, is also told in part through Marys
eyes as one who not only represents her culture, but a generation that
also seeks its own self-identity in a world that has become more
technologically complicated and fraught with anxiety and an uncertain
In the midst of all this comes Jack Carlson, a mysterious rodeo cowboy
drifter who is coming to meet his estranged daughter, Mary. It is through
Jack, a kind of guardian angel if you will, who seems to appear from
nowhere and whom Cynthia meets that she comes to grips with the demons
that haunt her as she tries to fulfill her destiny.
This destiny forms the haunting climax of Desert Rain yet
uplifts the reader with the idea of re-birth or reincarnation and hope
for the future on a collective level.
The story, a human drama to be sure, tells the plight of womanhood and
the ironic coincidences in our lives that intersect on the road of life.
In that sense, Desert Rain turns out to be a love story
and a road story disguised as a fable, or an ode to all
our lives that is at once temporary but not trivial.
Interwoven within the novella itself is a very fine thread that also
takes in the ancient lore of the mystical Hopi Indians and the spirituality
of the Kachina cult. While not a story about the Hopi per se, the metaphor
of the plight of the Native Americans cannot be ignored. I strongly
recommend this book.
Desert Rain is a very brisk read thats short and sweet.
It is currently in ebook format at http://www.wormebooks.com
or the authors website at:
Barbara Kowal is a freelance book reviewer.
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