Speaker Series: Cinelle Barnes

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Speaker Series: Cinelle Barnes

May 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0

Free

Local author Cinelle Barnes will be joined in conversation with Jeanette Guinn, the Host of SC Public Radio(Arts Daily) to discuss her incredible memoir, Monsoon Mansion. To RSVP, please call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

Told with a lyrical, almost-dreamlike voice as intoxicating as the moonflowers and orchids that inhabit this world, Monsoon Mansion is a harrowing yet triumphant coming-of-age memoir exploring the dark, troubled waters of a family’s rise and fall from grace in the Philippines. It would take a young warrior to survive it.

Cinelle Barnes was barely three years old when her family moved into Mansion Royale, a stately ten-bedroom home in the Philippines. Filled with her mother’s opulent social aspirations and the gloriously excessive evidence of her father’s self-made success, it was a girl’s storybook playland. But when a monsoon hits, her father leaves, and her mother’s terrible lover takes the reins, Cinelle’s fantastical childhood turns toward tyranny she could never have imagined. Formerly a home worthy of magazines and lavish parties, Mansion Royale becomes a dangerous shell of the splendid palace it had once been.

In this remarkable ode to survival, Cinelle creates something magical out of her truth—underscored by her complicated relationship with her mother. Through a tangle of tragedy and betrayal emerges a revelatory journey of perseverance and strength, of grit and beauty, and of coming to terms with the price of family—and what it takes to grow up.

Speaker Series: Cinelle Barnes

Details

Date:
May 1, 2018
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
http://charlestonlibrarysociety.org/events-and-programs/2018/5/1/speaker-series-cinelle-barnes

Organizer

Charleston Library Society
Phone:
843-723-9912
Email:
Info@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

Venue

Charleston Library Society
164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Phone:
843.722.2706
Website:
http://www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org/