Ashes in a Coconut

Ashes in a Coconut

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Author: Bo Kearns
Publisher: GD Publishing
Length: 282 page(s)
Written: May 2019
Sales Rank: - XinXii Sales Rank
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Category: Fiction & Literature » Novels  |  Work: Novel
Keywords: Jakarta, banking, rainforest, endangered primates, superstitions, orangutan, bribes

Laura arrives in Jakarta with her husband Jack, but things are not as they seem.

Laura Harrison arrives in Jakarta with her husband Jack who is to take over as president of a troubled bank. She expects their new home to be a romantic hideaway, like something out of a classic Bogart movie. Instead she walks into a house of horrors. White sheets cover Gothic furnishings, and black garments hang in the closets. It’s as if the former occupants had fled from some danger. Despite feelings of doom and worrisome premonitions, Laura is determined to make things work. At the market she’s appalled to see a baby orangutan for sale, its mother having been killed by loggers. Her heart goes out to the poor creature and she discovers her passion—saving endangered species. She becomes a conservationist and with village seamstresses forms a co-op to make casualwear featuring batik rainforest designs. When the business lands a big order, she envisions women all over the world wearing garments bringing attention to the plight of the tropical birds and animals she has come to love. Laura attempts to grow closer to her husband, yet they become at odds over his shady business dealings. When events spin out of control, Laura finds herself alone and responsible for her own destiny.

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About the Author

Member since: May 2019
Publications on XinXii:  1
Robert Kearns grew up in Alabama and now lives in the wine country of Sonoma, California where he is a writer, avid reader, beekeeper and UC Naturalist. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. Following military service he pursued a career in international finance. During that time he had stints in Bahrain, Indonesia and London. In Indonesia, he developed an appreciation and fondness for the country’s unique culture of mysticism and magic, which became the setting of Ashes in a Coconut. He has written short stories that have won awards and been published, in the annual California Writers Club Literary Review, The Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine and a number of anthologies. He is also a feature writer for Sonoma Index-Tribune newspaper and Sonoma Discoveries magazine with a circulation of 25,000. (from query)

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