South of Centre

The true relationship between an eccentric young woman and a worldly gentleman who returns home to die is a mystery until the end.

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“She reached into the plastic bag on the floor and drew out a short piece of the grey wool from Señor Ortega’s vest. She would allow herself this luxury. And as she pulled the strand of wool across her tongue she tasted a bit of his life. It was a foreign flavour that both saddened and excited her, arousing great curiosity”.

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“Orlando del Transito Ortega de Riveras was the last in a long line of increasingly less impressive and more downtrodden Spanish immigrants who had produced offspring by Quechua women. By the time what was left of the fighting and adventuresome spirit of Don Julio Ortega Villegas de Pamplona reached Orlando del Transito Ortega de Riveras’ father, it had been watered down to complacency within an attitude of compliant servitude.”

Print book 16.99 USD
Ebook 8.99 USD
(On-sale date: April 30, 2022)

South of Centre

Book Cover South of Centre

The true relationship between an eccentric young woman and a worldly gentleman who returns home to die is a mystery until the end.

See synopsis and book details below.

“She reached into the plastic bag on the floor and drew out a short piece of the grey wool from Señor Ortega’s vest. She would allow herself this luxury. And as she pulled the strand of wool across her tongue she tasted a bit of his life. It was a foreign flavour that both saddened and excited her, arousing great curiosity”.

………………………

“Orlando del Transito Ortega de Riveras was the last in a long line of increasingly less impressive and more downtrodden Spanish immigrants who had produced offspring by Quechua women. By the time what was left of the fighting and adventuresome spirit of Don Julio Ortega Villegas de Pamplona reached Orlando del Transito Ortega de Riveras’ father, it had been watered down to complacency within an attitude of compliant servitude.”

Print book 16.99 USD
Ebook 8.99 USD
(On-sale date: April 30, 2022)

South of Centre is a twisted family saga that begins and ends on a narrow ledge between the Chilean Pacific and the towering Andes.

Clorinda’s iinterest is piqued from the very moment Sr. Ortega moves in across the street. He looks like the man on the Gone with the Wind poster down at the theatre. First she spies on him from behind her curtains and then she sneaks into his house. This is not lost on Sr. Orgega and when he finally relents and befriends her, the unlikely story behind their relationship begins to unravel, taking us for a spin through the decades before and after Chile’s dictatorship.

Sr. Ortega, born a poor miner’s son at the end of a long line of faded Spanish aristocracy, defies destiny at the age of 15. His single audacious impulse provokes a series of events that take him far beyond his dusty, coastal hometown, and back again.

Dressed in her ‘calendar wardrobe,’ Clorinda recycles fibres from used garments to create beautiful tapestries. Obsessed as she is with Sr. Ortega, she picks through the threads of his life to weave his story into a bizarre work of art that can have only one fate.

Full of quirky humor, mythology and tragic circumstances, South of Centre is sprinkled with magic realism. With underlying questions about social justice and cultural differences that cut through decades, it brings us to a point of unexpected convergence.

E-book ISBN 978-0-9880032-5-5

Print book ISBN 978-0-9880032-4-8
6” x 9” paper, 282 pages

FIC008000–FICTION / Sagas
FAM006000–FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Alternative Family
ART013000–ART / Folk & Outsider Art

Publisher: Stories with Character
(South of Centre was first published October 2010, author name, Andrea Carter)

Booksellers: Please order through LightningSource

Print book 16.99 USD
Ebook 8.99 USD
(On-sale date: April 30, 2022)

South of Centre is a twisted family saga that begins and ends on a narrow ledge between the Chilean Pacific and the towering Andes.

Clorinda’s iinterest is piqued from the very moment Sr. Ortega moves in across the street. He looks like the man on the Gone with the Wind poster down at the theatre. First she spies on him from behind her curtains and then she sneaks into his house. This is not lost on Sr. Orgega and when he finally relents and befriends her, the unlikely story behind their relationship begins to unravel, taking us for a spin through the decades before and after Chile’s dictatorship.

Sr. Ortega, born a poor miner’s son at the end of a long line of faded Spanish aristocracy, defies destiny at the age of 15. His single audacious impulse provokes a series of events that take him far beyond his dusty, coastal hometown, and back again.

Dressed in her ‘calendar wardrobe,’ Clorinda recycles fibres from used garments to create beautiful tapestries. Obsessed as she is with Sr. Ortega, she picks through the threads of his life to weave his story into a bizarre work of art that can have only one fate.

Full of quirky humor, mythology and tragic circumstances, South of Centre is sprinkled with magic realism. With underlying questions about social justice and cultural differences that cut through decades, it brings us to a point of unexpected convergence.

E-book ISBN 978-0-9880032-5-5

Print book ISBN 978-0-9880032-4-8
6” x 9” paper, 282 pages

FIC008000–FICTION / SagasFAM006000–FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Alternative Family
ART013000–ART / Folk & Outsider Art

Publisher: Stories with Character
(South of Centre was first published October 2010, author name, Andrea Carter)

Booksellers: Please order through LightningSource

Print book 16.99 USD
Ebook 8.99 USD
(On-sale date: April 30, 2022)