Monday, April 21, 2014

Crimson Clouds

Crimson Clouds

by Claude Nougat


Robert is at a crossroads. Just retired from a brilliant career as a UN manager in humanitarian aid, he could work as a high-level consultant or pursue his childhood dream of becoming an artist. He chooses the latter to the dismay of his wife Kay. Twenty years his junior, Kay is a lover of Contemporary Art, deeply involved in her work as the owner of a trendy art gallery in New York. She is horrified by his academic paintings. They fight over Art - he's square, she's cool - but more separates them than diverging views on Art. A secret Kay has never revealed weighs on their marriage and threatens to break it apart...

This contemporary romance resonates with the complexities and wistfulness of mature passion the second time around.

~ My Impressions~
 Wonderful book that details the life or Robert on his self discovery journey.   I really liked the way the author showed the many layers of relationships we go through. The writing is authentic, with a lovely fluid style that sets the pace and keeps the book moving beautifully.Beautiful scenery is depicted throughout this novel of wonderful places all over the world that bring this story to life and give the reader the feeling of being in that location within the contemporary art world. Overall I really enjoyed this story and can easily recommend it to others who love the art world. 

Excerpt Three:
Excerpt from Chapter 8:  A Mother’s Heart

“This is very serious, Robert. I’m your mother, remember? I can see what’s happening to your marriage. You’re allowing your wife to convince you that what you do is worthless.”

“Nonsense. Kay’s tastes are different from yours and mine. That’s all.”

“Oh, but it’s not just a matter of taste. The problems between you two run much deeper than that. I’m an old woman, I have experience; I see what I see…”

“In that case, just keep your eyes shut, will you?”

“Robert, don’t get mad at me. I’m not the problem, your wife is. And you know it.”

“Maman, there is one thing I do know. You wanted to have grandchildren and we have disappointed you on that score. But that’s no reason to take it out on Kay. It’s not her fault.”

“Are you sure? I wouldn’t be so certain. No one in our family has ever been sterile. The problem could easily be on her side. After all, she’s an only child.”

“So am I. It doesn’t mean anything. Just stop it.”

Her eyes widened, as if she wanted to convey something important and didn’t know how. Then she did something very theatrical. She plunged to the floor, taking hold of my ankle. Crouching at my feet, she held my leg in both hands. “Now, try walking!”

“What do you mean?”

“Try walking, I tell you. Come on, push that leg forward.”

I didn’t try hard, not wanting to hurt her, but I could feel my leg straining against her hands.

“See? You’re slowed down. You can’t walk. That’s what Kay does to you!”

AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Claude Nougat is a writer, economist, painter and poet. A graduate of Columbia University, Claude has dabbled in a wide variety of jobs before starting a 25 year career at the United Nations (Food and Agriculture), ending as Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia.

Claude is the author of many books, including two in Italian that won several awards in Italy, and seven in English, all fiction except one essay on development aid; she is considered a prime exponent of Boomer literature.

Her poetry has been included in "Freeze Frame", an international poetry anthology curated by British poet Oscar Sparrow, published by Gallo Romano Media in 2012.

Claude is married and lives in Italy.

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I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The Goddess Fish Promotions Review Crew.

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