Published December 2012
Etched from the fertile volcanic soil and the sea and mists surrounding the Azorean islands, the characters who inhabit these stories merge realism with magic. Like the nine Muses, each island has its own special attributes. Whether searching for love, power or meaning, these characters are subject to the whims of Fate and Fortune. Here the commonplace present confronts forces both natural and supernatural. Taking place in the Azorean microcosm, they come to represent a far larger and wider sphere, depicting the foibles and idiosyncrasies of humanity the world over. Read more about The Conjurer & Other Azorean Tales.
Published by Tagus Press and distributed by UPNE, University Press of New England.
The collection of stories presented in The Conjurer & Other Azorean Tales leaves the reader with the delight of being privy to the secrets of the local residents. On these islands, witches borrow boats from unsuspecting fishermen, bones of sailors lost at sea miraculously return years later to comfort lonely widows, and beautiful women feel more connected to the mysterious depths of the sea that surrounds them than to their own families. The dead are never far away and often come back to influence the lives of their spouses or offspring. The stories are captivating and haunting, but also very relatable. Wives nag their husbands too much, children fail to do what their parents want them to do, and natives leave in search of a better life only to find themselves terribly homesick.
For any lover of fairy tales and questioner of life beyond the grave, this compilation is an absolute joy, flawless in both selection and delivery.
~ Samantha Herman, City Book Review
Darrell's novel, The Undiscovered Island, won the Silver Prize in the 2010 IPPY Independent Publisher's Award for multicultural fiction.
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