A story about sisters for sisters Three Magic Balloons is a picture book story reminiscent of vintage classics that I enjoy to read again and again to my children, be it bedtime, nap-time, or any story-time. This is the type of picture book that I am glad to reach for again and again. In January, I had the privilege of glimpsing a digital advanced reader copy of this book and I can without a doubt tell you that I would love to add a physical book to our library shelves when this book releases in May! Paul Margulies, storyteller and father to award winning actress Julianna Margulies and her sisters Rachel Mara Smith and Alexandra Margulies shared more than one tale with his daughters during their childhood. Now, after his death the sisters have discovered a forgotten treasure that has been brought to life in the artistic talents of Grant. . .
The Land of Silence starts off during a beautiful day of joy and playfulness… Tessa Afshar’s prose is witty and the personality of our main character Elianna comes right off the page as she interacts with her brother Joseph. However, quite quickly things change for Elianna and the story takes off. Following family tragedy, she has to find distraction, they all do just to continue to go on in everyday life. Things need to be done, and Elianna wants to make up for a debt she thinks that is her fault and throws herself into any task and finds some solace there.
Tessa, I’m delighted you’re here to share about your new book, Land of Silence. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you have written. I was born in the Middle East and spent the first thirteen years of my life there. When I read the Bible, it comes to life through the web of my memories. Growing up in the land that the Bible calls Persia influences the way I read the Scriptures. I know the quality of the sun, the dryness of the air, the love for the rains when they come, the deep sense of hospitality, the profound affection for children and family, the commitment to friendship by the people of the Middle East. I have been touched by that world in a very personal way. I suppose it is inevitable that I write biblical fiction. My first four novels, including Harvest of Gold, which won. . .