The Overnight Palace
by Janet Marie Sola
Marie has turned 40 and her life has stalled. When her long-term boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her she follows a friend to an ashram in India. Failing to find fulfillment there, she goes on alone to the exotic state of Rajasthan in India. She is determined to shed her bookish persona and immerse herself in this culture “where people trace their ancestry to the sun.”
On her quest, she falls in love in unexpected ways, first with an exquisite painting and then with the charismatic young artist who leads her on a beguiling but ultimately harrowing journey to help her find the painting’s creator, the elusive “master painter.”
Along the way, she’s inspired by the Hindu goddesses of creativity, love, and courage, and accompanied by an array of characters including her gay friend Jason, the in-your-face ex-tabloid journalist Cathy, the menacing Shadow, and the tragic couple Amar and Neela.
While it’s in the tradition of other books of self-discovery in exotic settings, such as Eat, Pray, Love, The Overnight Palace has the narrative thrust of a novel. It will appeal women of all ages who seek out stories of self-discovery that resonate with their own inner journeys.
The author’s stories, poetry and reviews have been published in San Francisco Chronicle, Forge Journal of Arts and Culture, Painted Bride and many others.