Bette Davis said, “Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.” I think that you can always learn more and improve who you are as a person. Whether at your job, various relationships (including your relationship with yourself), your hobbies, etc., there is always room to challenge and better yourself. Some people are wary of learning and change but, like Bette, I believe it’s the stuff of life itself. After all, what could be more satisfying than attempting the impossible – and succeeding?!
What makes Greta Garbo The Divine One? Why does she captivate us so? What does she, above any other actor or actress, manage to convey that no one before or since has managed to enliven?
When I watch a Garbo movie – and she is the star of two of my five favorite movies of all times, Ninotchka and Queen Christina – I see in every movement of her body and in every expression of her face a response to life itself. Her urgent way of moving, speedy but controlled, conveys how precious our limited time on this earth is. The way she tilts her chin up and closes her eyelids halfway convey her adoration of her male partner, and also of life itself. You can see her powerful zest for life in every little detail that makes up this fabulously feminine woman. She shows us the greatness of life and of being alive. And that is why we call her The Divine One.
I see and read about so many women who love each other, yet still tease one another incessantly. Such is Rachel’s relationship with her two American besties, Jess and Ashley. She knows they’re just kiddin’ around, but bullying is also the norm in her life.
That is not the case in Brazil. There, Rachel is constantly showered with love and admiration. For the first time in her life, she is envied for her “big” butt, and her initiative is admired. No longer surrounded by negativity, she begins to wonder why was it ever there in the first place, and whether or not she can change the status quo when she goes back to New York.
I hope you enjoy seeing what happens when I drop Rachel into the culture of Rio de Janeiro, and later into Paris and Bordeaux, and then she finally returns N.Y. The style of these different cultures is like a smell of a perfume: some are enchanting, some sickly sweet, but they’re always absolutely unique.
To me, men are the fantastic creatures who’ve built this amazing globe we live in. I don’t condemn you for past oppression like some women do, because that was the norm for most of history. If a woman ever tries to shame you with accusations relating to any time before you were born, remind her there’s such a thing as context, and refuse to accept the guilt!
My heroine, Rachel, never mistreats a man or tries to shame him like that. The only character who lets himself be abused by his wife will not tolerate it for long.
If you give my book a try, you might come to admire Rachel’s confrontation with her bullies and her inner demons. And you will see that many of her questions about femininity naturally encompass some answers about masculinity. And isn’t everyone so confused about these concepts nowadays?
I don’t want to disclose too much right now. Just know this: If you’ve been confused by the modern woman, you will find a lot of answers in this trilogy, and hopefully, some much needed peace of mind.