The Secrets Behind the House of Pearl

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Retired Emmy Award winning art director Robert Bovill revisits Sausalito’s sordid past in new book.

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You wouldn’t believe the colorful stories I heard from previous owners

Sausalito is a wealthy city that has been in transition for decades and is trying to forget its sordid past. But what happens when this past is revisited through stories of love and tragedy and brought back to light?

“The House of Pearl,” a new novel from author Robert Bovill, is a satirical ghost story of adventure, redemption, love and open-mindedness that explores an old Victorian house built in the 1800s on the Sausalito waterfront. The novel features historical characters, such as Mark Twain and Jack London, and highlights scenes from feudal Japan to marauding coastal pirates to the hippy days of the ‘60s.

“The story covers 120 years of different people living in the house I owned and renovated,” Bovill said. “You wouldn’t believe the colorful stories I heard from previous owners.”

Writing a novel was a new direction for Bovill, since his career has long been art direction. That said, from his time working on the Oscar-nominated film Beaches to his work as a technician on Star Wars Return of the Jedi, Bovill excels at visual storytelling and translates that talent into the imagery in “House of Pearl”.

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The House of Pearl
By Robert Bovill
ISBN: 978-1-4759-8236-7
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iUniverse

About the author
At twenty years old, Bovill took a yearlong trip around the world. Bovill received his Bachelor's Degree in biology and theater arts at UC Santa Cruz, spent a year studying at the Art Center College of Design Pasadena, and earned his Masters in Interior Architectural Design from the Academy of Art University – San Francisco. He belonged to the Art Directors Guild, practicing art direction in film and television. Bovill was one of 150 technicians who worked on Star Wars “Return of the Jedi,” which won an Academy Award for Art Direction and was the San Francisco Unit Art Director on “Beaches,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for Art Direction. The author was nominated for several awards and won an Emmy for Outstanding Set Design.

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