coming soon: new trailer for the audiobook adaptation
The Object: a love story is the tale of Sandra Briar’s life, as told by nearly fifty different characters.
Wherever she travels in the world – a journey from teenage runaway to promising artist, from disaster victim to depression survivor, from defiant daughter to reflective grandmother – we always know her as the object of someone else’s story.
Sandra's brother, who calls her “Sandy,” tells his version of their flight to the beach; a screenwriter fictionalizes her as “Sharon Long” in a based-on-a-true-story movie; she is the “Assistant” to a jaded professional photographer who guides her through the great cities of the world; a mother bitterly recounts how this cursed “Suka” betrayed her son; a starving cookbook writer helplessly watches his “Poor Boy Bonanza” be absorbed into New York’s glittering nightlife; her children’s book “Ma Rabbit and the Big Rain” is read aloud on a stormy night to a little girl.
These stories overlap to become the patchwork quilt that is her portrait. Neither her mother’s perspective, or her rival’s point-of-view, or her own voice, or even the tale created by some writer, possess the whole truth.
This novel is a reading experience of constant reevaluation, conflicted empathy and personal reflection on the question, “What is my true life story?”
I am not what I think I am.
I am not what you think I am.
I am what I think, you think I am.
The Object: a love story
Love is a blurring of pronouns.
Love is subject and object.
-- David Mitchell
novelist, screenwriter and audio producer
Listen to my live radio interview on KUNM's "The Spoken Word" hosted by Anthony Umi. (12/5/16)