The Lost Art of Desire by Robin Beeman

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""You like to look at our ruins, you and your friend, but what is it you've seen?" Jenna is asked by the colonel in charge of the region around the archaeological site of Piedras Coloradas. In The Lost Art of Desire the travelers discover they are the ones being observed in a place where appearance and reality do not readily agree. Jenna and her lover Sam arrive at the Mayan ruins of Piedras Coloradas, aware that there has recently been trouble over land issues between rebels and the government. While Sam takes pictures of the ancient stonework, Jenna goes out with her binoculars to look for birds. She does not expect to find the rare resplendent quetzal, but she will accept what she finds, hoping that by the end of this trip she'll be able to make a decision about the rest of her life." At first everything appears safe, although the posada where they're staying is almost empty. They hear sounds at night that Sam believes to be gunfire, but are told the noises are only fireworks in a neighboring village. An American woman staying at the posada goes out for a walk and doesn't return. Soldiers station themselves in the town plaza. Jenna does not consider herself a risk taker, yet she now finds herself in a situation where everything she's believed stable is threatened, and she must act in ways she's never anticipated. In spare and luminous prose, this novella examines the lives of two people who set out to explore a foreign land and discover what they must actually explore are their own assumptions about themselves.

About Robin Beeman

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published August 23, 2013 by Anthony Street Books. 108 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Robin Beeman ably manipulates style and structure in her complex and suspenseful novella, The Lost Art of Desire, awarded the 2000 Texas Review Novella Prize.

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