Synopses & Reviews
Through a series of telescoping stories, Well in Time
plunges back from the present day through medieval Europe to ancient Egypt in quest of the origins of an object of magical power. Novelist Calypso Searcy is gifted an ancient golden locket that confers the ability to know the future through dreams. It opens intriguing vistas into history, but while writing her account of the lockets past, disaster strikes in the present. Rancho Cielo, the ranch she and her lover Javier Carteña have created with their own hands in Mexicos Copper Canyon, comes under attack by a Mexican drug cartel.
Leaving Javier to defend the ranch with his army of hands, Calypso embarks with her friend Hill on a wild escape that takes them through remote and treacherous territory and delivers them into the hands of a mysterious group, the Ghosts, who may be more dangerous than the cartel from which they are fleeing. As the stories of the locket and of Calypsos escape weave together, parallels appear that cause her to question who she really is, and what the real meaning of her life might be.
The sequel to the acclaimed novel Fiesta of Smoke, Well In Time is based in actual historical events and in the wisdom of timeless mysteries known as the Perennial Philosophy. It is a singular reading experience.
PRAISE FOR SUZAN STILL'S FIESTA OF SMOKE:
Suzan Stills 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 Marquezs Love in the Time of Cholera, matched by passages that have the psychotic edginess of Breaking Bad, Fiesta 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
As with the brush of a muralist, Suzan Still has captured fifty years of the history of Mexico in vivid color. This passionate, nonlinear novel explores the lives of three very different people involved in decades of political upheaval, and sounds the depth of injustices done for centuries there. Gripping in its detail, and daring in its reach, Fiesta of Smoke is a moving portrayal of the disparate cultures and complexity of a turbulent, beautiful country.”
M. E. Hirsh, author of Kabul and Dreaming Back