Clifford Garstang: The Last Bird of Paradise

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CLIFFORD GARSTANG: THE LAST BIRD OF PARADISE
Award-winning author Clifford Garstang returns to Big Blend Radio for a conversation about his latest novel, “The Last Bird of Paradise,” plus a little bit of art history, the world of writing, travel, global lifestyles, and the balance of between power and love. Watch here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Acast.

Two women, nearly a century apart, seek to rebuild their lives when they reluctantly leave their homelands. Arriving in Singapore, they find romance in a tropical paradise, but also find they haven’t left behind the dangers that caused them to flee.

In the aftermath of 9/11 and haunted by the specter of terrorism, Aislinn Givens leaves her New York law practice and joins her husband in Southeast Asia when he takes a job there. Seeking to establish herself in a local law firm, Aislinn begins to understand the historic resentment of foreigners who have exploited the region for centuries. Learning about the turmoil of Singapore’s colonial period, she acquires several paintings by an English artist during World War I that she believes are a warning to her. The artist, Elizabeth Pennington, tells her own tumultuous story through diary entries that come to an end when the war reaches the colony with catastrophic results. In the present, Aislinn and her husband learn tragically that terrorism takes many shapes when they are ensnared by local political upheaval and corruption.

In a lyrical blend of historical and contemporary drama, “The Last Bird of Paradise” explores the consequences of power imbalances—both domestic and geopolitical—against a lush, tropical backdrop. Clifford Garstang, author of the award-winning novel “Oliver’s Travels,” once again draws on his decades of experience in Asia to tell an unforgettable story of romantic intrigue.

Learn more at https://cliffordgarstang.com/

 

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Clifford Garstang, author of the award-winning novel “Oliver’s Travels,” once again draws on his decades of experience in Asia to tell an unforgettable story of romantic intrigue.

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