Manhattan in April and November always made me remember home because of the tanned, middle-aged Latin American women walking around in their fur coats.
Latin America was no place for fur coats. With the exceptions of the southern countries and the Andean mountain areas, winters were pretty mild down there. If you wanted to wear a fur coat, you had to fly to America or Europe. New York City was a popular destination. It was closer to home and offered endless shopping opportunities.
Most rich Latin American women avoided coming in the winter, when it would be appropriate, because it would be unbearably cold. But autumn and spring were cold enough to wear fur coats. Mom had three. Most of her friends also had more than one. They kept the coats stored in a refrigerated warehouse. Once a year, in April or November, they picked up their coats from the warehouse and brought them to New York. Some people walked their dogs. Mom and her friends walked their fur coats in Manhattan.
Mom preferred November over April because it was more practical. She could do both her personal and her Christmas shopping. A lot of her friends thought the same. The size of their travel group varied from year to year. Sometimes only three or four women came. Sometimes up to a dozen.
Mom and Aunt Maria came every year, always for two weeks, and always on November third or fourth. As good Catholics, they had to attend mass for our dead relatives on November second, All Souls’ Day. They always left immediately afterwards. First praise the Lord, then go shopping.
Title: On The Run
Author: Izai Amorim
Genre: Literary Fiction
New York City, early 1990s: a young, rich, and well-educated Central American man on the run from the police and Colombian drug dealers. He is accused of crimes he didn’t commit. Ready to do what it takes to survive, Pablo ironically embraces the very drug trade that threatened his life in the first place. Who is he?
What is he really capable of? The question of identity is at the heart of On The Run. More than a
contemporary story of survival, it’s a journey of self-discovery.
Pablo’s voice is funny, sometimes mean and merciless. He moves with nightmarish ease from recounting his adventures to recollecting his early life. Not always politically correct, On The Run gives you an insightful, twisted, humorous, and often disturbing view of conflicting worlds and beliefs: North and Latin America; black, brown, and white; rich and poor; rational and esoteric—and shows how they mix, match, and clash.
“Make me think, make me laugh, make my day!”
That’s why Izai Amorim reads and writes books. He has great interest in the interplay of media, information, and politics in a globalized world and the quest for identity and borders in a worldwide cultural melting pot.
Izai was born and raised in Brazil but spent most of his adult life abroad, briefly in the USA, mostly in
Germany. He was trained as an architect and worked many years in this profession. But his real passion is story telling. At some point in his life he decided to mix storytelling with architecture, changed professions, and became a branding consultant, something that he loves and has been doing to this day.
His first novel, The Games (2013), is a humorous but dark, even mean, political thriller. This mother of all conspiracies shows how information is processed to create and spread the stories needed to establish power structures not accountable to anyone.
My personal site: http://www.izaiamorim.com/
Book site: http://www.izaiamorim.com/ontherun.html
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