Title: Letters Written In White
Author: Kathryn Perez
Genre: Magical Realism
Book Blitz: November 30 - December 2
Release Date: November 30, 2015
Hosted by: S.B.B. Promotions
I’m cold and alone and I’m dead. There’s no air in my lungs. My chest is as cold and hollow as a cave on a snow-capped mountain side. My heart no longer beats there. Frigid winds whistle through my ribs and the sadness inside me weeps like my favorite tree.
Days ago, I met with death face to face. The mirror, our meeting place. My two darkened green eyes stared deeply into hers. I tilted my head to the side. She did too.
“It’s time,” I whispered.
“It’s time,” she whispered.
And with that I turned away from her, the woman in the mirror who knew all of my secrets and all of my pain. I walked away from her and yet we’d never been closer than we were in that moment. The inner struggle was over. No more arguing with the woman in the mirror. No more arguing with myself. The choice was made. She was the victor. Or was I?
That was the day Riah Winter died.
Every now and then a reader comes across a book that reaches deep down into their soul, opens their eyes, breaks their heart, and takes their breath away. If a reader is really lucky they may come across more than one. I can think of maybe three books in my 33 years of life that have really impacted me in such a way that I feel it in my very bones. This book just joined that list a list that already includes another book by this same author.
When I first read Therapy by Kathryn, it blew my mind. It was emotional, raw and powerful. But Letters Written in White is something else, its a literary work of art. Its an emotional masterpiece that weaves its way into your soul, rips open your heart and lets you bleed out every single emotion you have ever felt in your life. Its a mirror reflecting what many people go through in this world, without concealment. There is nothing but pure unfiltered emotion emanating from the words and pages of this book. Its Riah's regrets and its your own. Its Riah's pain and its your own. Its Riah's fear and its your own. Its Riah's love and its your very own. Kathryn was right, you are Riah and Riah is you.
This book is about us, about people, about human beings in all their complexities. Its about living with an illness that is a silent killer, about suffering and about enduring in the face of immense tragedy. Its about learning to love yourself and having hope, and its about forgiveness in its most truest form.
I cried through this entire book and though my heart ached reading Riah's story at the end my soul was touched beyond any thing I'd ever expected. I don't know what Kathryn Perez has in store for us with her writing but I hope she never stops. I hope she never stops exposing the pain, I hope she never stops shattering literary boundaries, I hope she never stops expressing the beauty of both self love and the love of another, and I hope she never stops writing from her heart.
Kathryn lives in her small East Texas hometown with her family. She 's a music infused writer and self-proclaimed book junkie. When she isn't listening to music, writing or reading you'll probably find her watching her favorite sport, UFC.