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Maneras de vivir

Maneras de vivir,
by Luis Leante

Ways of living is a suspense thriller with a kidnapping while it tells how a past event was lived from the perspective of 4 completely different characters. It starts with an old rock star who falls into drugs and ends in prison and with his 15 year-old son whose mother died in a traffic accident. The boy will have to live with a father whom he has never met before and whom he doesn’t even want to know. In their home, two more people become main characters: his father’s current partner, a post-modern rock singer, daughter of a strict conservatory professor, and her teenage daughter who suddenly feels displaced with the arrival of the boy and at the same time attracted to him. A cocktail with a lot of ingredients, each one with its own meaning.

When a writer meets again the guitarist and singer of a rock band that he used to admired in his youth, he decides to write the story of his life by interviewing him and his relatives. Giving voice to each of these four characters alternatively, the novel is written in the way of interviews, where different characters explain their point of view of what happened in the past and about their present, with a style that allows us to dive into the depths of a multi-faceted story, very intimate, put together by several pieces of a puzzle that never ends. The lives of the characters, which we are, as readers, simultaneously unveiling, are linked to set up a family in which everyone lives the same event on their own way. A family of survivors.

There are many feelings, covering all ages and situations. And an unconditional love for music, which works as ignition for all the characters, even in the most dangerous or extreme situations. Maneras de Vivir begins as a soft melody that turns into a fast-paced contemporary thriller that takes your breath as it goes. And at the background of the story, there is always the idea that we all have the right to have a second chance. And when this opportunity turns up, we must hold on to it tightly and not let it go.

 

To be published in March 2020

Jury’s words:

The jury points the interesting way in which the story is composed, like a long journalistic interview, and the family conflict with integration of new models. Although the initial plot is very adult-like, the author manages to brilliantly bring it into the field of youth. The 80’s music and rock scene go along with the feelings and lives of each family member, especially those of Jimi and Rosa.

Excerpt

"Two months later, the record store changed owner and name. The night Jimi handed the keys over to the new owner, he organized a party at his house. By then I was feeling part of Jimi's family that was not only Rosa Winchester, Manu and Luna, but also Mono, la Flaca and his son Nacho. They were all there that night. It was a party without nostalgia, looking to the future more than to the past.
It was late when I thought that the whole thing couldn't end like that. I looked at them all, one by one, and I told them:
—I’d like to write your story.
There was an expectant silence.
—Our story? — Jimi asked after staring at me for a few seconds.
—Yes, the story of Samarkanda, the story of you. I’d like to write an article about all this.
—And why not a novel? —Rosa asked.”