Cry WaterColors, and Indulge in the Composition

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A romantic introspective literary adventure; a coming of age story of a middle aged man, whose emotions he has buried by projecting them onto the characters he writes about. The story is inspired and set in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Life’s tribulations, Oscar Wilde suggested, are best when less spoken about; whereas the color, the beauty and the joy of life should be the focus of our sympathy. But what be-comes of a man who withdraws from the distinction? Can the balance of his life be safeguarded by transposing his own passions onto the characters he writes about?

Cry WaterColors is a romantic, introspective literary adventure; a coming of age story of a middle-aged man, who, when a child, was confounded by the guilt he silently accepted to the accidental death of his father. Fearful his emotions should betray him once again, Mark Balcon finds comfort and success by withdrawing into his writings on an esoteric subject, mining Ghost Towns in the California Sierras. Eventually, events of his life become interpreted through the tales he writes about.

In his early forties, a physical ailment heightens Mark's sense of loneliness. As if with a remedial purpose, he journeys to his vacation home in Lake Tahoe. His own emotional vulnerability becomes keenly reflected by the people he meets on route. The shell of his cloister is then ripped open when Emilia reveals her interest in him.

Their physical pleasures keep Mark from submerging his feelings into his laptop. But when his sickness is found to be more than a quirky circumstance of middle age, Mark and Emilia must deal with the consequences of love and life.

About the Author:

Carlos Alvarado, a practicing physician, grew up in California and now lives in Florida. Cry WaterColors is his first book; he is working on his second novel, Tujunga, a romantic medical adventure.


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