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Fiesta of Smoke

Suzan Still

Fiesta of Smoke

Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-61188-112-7

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-61188-113-4

Original Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Story Plant Publication Date:
September 10, 2013

526 pages


“Suzan Still’s Fiesta of Smoke is an extraordinary book, encompassing a vast time frame yet bringing the possibility of a contemporary Mexican revolution to vivid life through its beautifully tuned, disparate voices. With a tonality that at times echoes the quiet grace of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, matched by passages that have the psychotic edginess of Breaking BadFiesta of Smoke is a book that will both compel and seduce you to read it to its haunting conclusion.”

— Alexander Stuart, author of The War Zone and Life On Mars

Against a backdrop of rebellion and intrigue, love between Javier Carteña, commander of insurgent Mexican forces, and Calypso Searcy, an American novelist at the pinnacle of her career, sizzles with passion across a broad sweep of history. Encompassing time from the Conquest of the 1500s to the present, the story races across space as well, from the forests of Chiapas to the city of Paris. There, an international investigative reporter named Hill picks up the swiftly vanishing trail of Calypso’s disappearance, and unwittingly becomes involved in one of the great dramas of the twentieth century and one of the great love stories of any age.

About the Author...

Suzan Still (edited)

Suzan Still holds a masters in art and writing, and a doctorate in depth psychology. This unique combination of poetic vision and deep insight into the human condition informs her fiction and infuses it with its remarkable colors. Because of this, she inspires inventive descriptions of her work. Of her first novel, Commune of Women, Single Titles suggested that readers prepare to "laugh, cry, and gasp," while noted author Alexander Stuart compared her second novel, Fiesta of Smoke, to a combination of Love in the Time of Cholera and Breaking Bad. We suggest you sample her yourself here and make your own comparisons.


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