When from a long distant past nothing persists, after the people are dead,
after things are broken and scattered, still alone, more persistent, more faithful,
the smell and taste of things remain poised a long, long time like souls,
ready to remind us, waiting, hoping for their moment amid the ruins of all the rest,
and bear unfaltering in the tiny, almost impalpable drop of their essence,
the vast structure of recollection.
Remembrance of Things Past
~*Interview with Nova Denver*~
Question: What is your story?
NOVA: I've never been what people term "a feminist' in a modern sense. You know: the bra burning, man hating female. I think we all must find our own way in the world and playing the victim never suited me. I view the world more as a source of rich choices, and if you make the right choices outside of the institutions of male or female, you will find peace and contentment. My mother was opposed to self-sufficiency as a woman. Her idea of what a woman should be, came from her religious upbringing.
Question: Was your mother important to you?
NOVA: Indeed she was. I miss her terribly. But my life changed dramatically after her death. She left me with unresolvable feelings of guilt. You might ask why. She died one morning after a heated phone discussion about her refusal to let me live my own life. In her community a career-minded, unmarried, thirty-something daughter was an anomaly. My being an egg-headed, irreligious academic, finally drove her over the edge. Even though most of my friends have been men, I never felt compelled to marry. Life is too interesting to be shackled by her traditional ideas.
Several months after she died, I discovered dark secrets about my birth, fabricated to protect my grandfather. For thirty-eight years, with the help of powerful people, they withheld important details. Those untruths led me on a journey no one could comprehend and I still find hard to believe.
Question: What secrets?
NOVA: You must read my story to find out. I promise you, THE TRUTH is stranger than fiction.
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Nova Denver's quiet academic life is shattered by the death
of her mother, the appearance of a posthumous letter, and
surprising personal secrets. Retreating to the family cabin
high in the Uintah wilderness, she seeks answers to a forty-
year old mystery. Hours after her return, disturbing intrusions
prompt her to begin tracing connections back to England.
Never did she expect the truth to be so convoluted, so
personal and life changing.