“The Red Speck” blends lush, sensuous imagery with raw emotion on an individual’s otherworldly journey to psychological wholeness. Sophie’s heartbreak leads her to awaken in an unknown but strangely familiar world in which she meets and learns from gorgeous archetypal characters tinged with the colors of Miami and the old South.
While an engaging story on its own, the reader will find genuine insight into into their own fixations that hold them back from happiness, including hints on how to move forward. The author has a gift for taking airy spiritual and psychological experiences and thoroughly grounding them in the body. She accomplishes this by painting vivid, emotionally engaging scenes with words, evoking a visceral and sympathetic response in the reader in a manner similar to the techniques found in the poetry of Rumi. In this way the protagonist’s alchemical transmutation of leaden emotions to joyous golden freedom becomes our own. Highly recommended.
I was profoundly moved by Siddhartha in my College years; this book has done the same for me in my forties.
This is a lovely gem. A must read.
If you are currently looking for a voice to put to those “unanswered questions”..pick up The Red Speck.
I much loved S. Conde’s book. It was well written, well paced, imaginative, intriguing.
This reader was immediately drawn in to the complexities of Sophia’s life, presented in the form of an adult fairy tale. The characters were finely drawn and could be seen in my mind’s eye. The chapter headings were so apt and orienting. The psychological and philosophical difficulties and resolutions of everyday life were intelligently and enchantingly addressed. I felt as if I was with Sophia on her journey as image after image was presented to me and for me this is a priceless criterion.
I enthusiastically echo all of the other written reviews
Well done, S. Conde and may we see more of your writing – soon hopefully.