Portland, OR, September 01, 2022 –(PR.com)–They thought these were likely to Asia for just two years. Asia beguiled them, plus they never left.
In 1957, Lily and Sid Norell and their teenagers Lauren and Jordy move from Washington to Taipei. Sid can be an eager new Foreign Service Officer. Taipei then was impoverished and unpaved. Shocked initially, Lily is soon enchanted by the foreignness, moved by the poverty, amused by the eccentric whirl of diplomats and expats around her, and charmed by debonair Rocky Perreira. Also a U.S. diplomat, he appears to live freely like nobody she’s ever known.
Lily makes unexpected new friends, discovers a passion in protecting orphans, and becomes a deft and acclaimed hostess. Thriving, she and Sid move ahead to Foreign Service postings in Saigon, then Bangkok and finally Jakarta. Meanwhile Jordy matures to become a Navy pilot, fighting in Vietnam. He participates in and is traumatized by the disastrous war-end evacuation of Saigon. Lauren too gets entangled with that war; it starts her career as a refugee worker.
Decades later Lauren, reading letters Lily wrote during those first years in Taipei, fills in her mother’s elisions. That which was wrong with Jordy, frequently in big trouble? Were Rocky and Sid both CIA? And were Rocky and Lily lovers? Why did the household spin apart, and how did Lily herself make that happen?
This is actually the story of a female who confronts a challenging new situation and seizes the opportunity to powerfully reinvent herselfwhile her family slowly disintegrates.
Advance Praise for “Lily Narcissus”
“Lily Narcissus reaches once intimate face and panoramic world history that tracks the disastrous consequences of America’s involvement in Asia in the next 1 / 2 of the 20th century. With precision and restraint, Lerner illuminates some essential mystery in the centre of other folks and our knowledge of them. It’s beautiful, wise, lucid, and disarming. I was seduced, then devastated.” -Andrew Palmer, writer of The Bachelor
About Jonathan Lerner
Jonathan Lerner, born in 1948, was raised in Washington, D.C., apart from 2 yrs in the late fifties when his father, a Foreign Service officer, was posted to Taipei. That experience, and the journeys there and back which took his family literally all over the world, primed a lifelong dependence on travel. It had been also the germ for his new novel “Lily Narcissus.”
Lerner matriculated at Antioch College in 1965, but dropped out 2 yrs later and immersed himself in New Left activism, joining the staff of Students for a Democratic Society. His early writing experiences were producing SDS publications and adding to other counterculture and “underground” newspapers. In 1969 he helped found the breakaway SDS faction the Weatherman. That became the clandestine and cult-like Weather Underground, which completed a campaign of bombings. These experiencesand the challenges to be a man fighting his gay identity in a macho group cultureinformed both Lerner’s novel “Alex Underground” and his memoir “Swords in the Hands of Children.”
“When I stopped attempting to be considered a full-time revolutionary, in the mid-seventies, I embraced my calling to become a full-time writer,” Lerner says. His first novel, “Caught in a Still Place,” was published in 1989. Meanwhile he previously begun establishing what became an effective career as a magazine writer and editor. In early stages he wrote mostly travel stories, typically with a design or historic preservation angle. Later he concentrated on topics including architecture, urban planning, and issues of natural resources and sustainability. His work has appeared in THE BRAND NEW York Times, Metropolis, The Architect’s Newspaper and numerous other publications. He’s got been a contributing editor at Landscape Architecture Magazine going back decade.
Through the eighties Lerner lived in a variety of elements of Florida, and from then on for 21 years in Atlanta. In 2011 he moved to New York’s Hudson Valley, to call home with Peter Frank, a philanthropist and community activist, whom he married in 2015.
About Unsolicited Press
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“Lily Narcissus” can be acquired on October 20, 2022 as a paperback (196 p.; 978-1-956692-36-5), e-book, and audiobook. An interactive website can be available (dreampoporigami.com). Retailers and libraries can order copies through Ingram.