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I Draw Roses
I Draw Roses
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  • Paperback
  • Dec.17.2013
  • 9781494403201

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                               I Draw Roses: a Fable. An artist sits in his London studio, drawing roses.      Unbeknown to each other, six women from all over the world have each commissioned him to draw a rose for a friend in crisis: Betsy, from the American heartlands, who's about to lose her farm; Lola, an Argentinian in self-imposed romantic exile in Spain; Amala, a beautiful Indian bank executive whose emotional bankruptcy has taken her to the brink of despair; Gisella, a young Italian housewife, who prefers her daydreams to returning to the job which she dreads; Miriam, a widow in South Africa, whose inability to stand up for herself means that she's oblivious to her own desires, and Kate, on the verge of marrying the wrong man, returning to Australia after a...
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                               I Draw Roses: a Fable.

An artist sits in his London studio, drawing roses. 
     Unbeknown to each other, six women from all over the world have each commissioned him to draw a rose for a friend in crisis: Betsy, from the American heartlands, who's about to lose her farm; Lola, an Argentinian in self-imposed romantic exile in Spain; Amala, a beautiful Indian bank executive whose emotional bankruptcy has taken her to the brink of despair; Gisella, a young Italian housewife, who prefers her daydreams to returning to the job which she dreads; Miriam, a widow in South Africa, whose inability to stand up for herself means that she's oblivious to her own desires, and Kate, on the verge of marrying the wrong man, returning to Australia after a love affair in England went sour.  
     As the drawing of her rose evolves, however, each woman's life begins, slowly and mysteriously, to be transformed ...

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                                  Prologue

A thirty-three-year-old man sits in his London studio, drawing roses.
   Not painting them – that will come at a later stage
– but drawing their shapes. He is drawing them with intent
and sensual pleasure, outlining and caressing the
shape of each individual petal, the curves, the nuances,
the folds, the bending, the twisting, the edges.
   He loves his work. Every aspect of it. Each outline of
his pencil, the delicate filigree, the soft thud of the lead
when he presses down hard.
   Every time he draws shapes, the soft, so very delicate,
outline of a petal, he sees a woman. He perceives
her as she is, for who she is, each movement of his pencil
unveiling another aspect of the woman whose rose he’s
drawing.
   This is all he can do for a living. He can’t help but see
women, and their lives, detailed on every facet of the rose.
It’s like a blueprint for him. A microfiche of their lives.
   Yes, the drawer of roses loves drawing roses, and
when he does, things change.

London, England
   The drawer of roses collects the letters which have
arrived that morning, six of them, and begins opening
them, one by one.
   From each envelope, he takes out another, smaller
one, and places it, unopened, against one of the six
empty jam jars lined up on his desk.
   He looks at the envelopes, each with a different
woman’s name:
   Amala - Gisella - Lola - Betsy - Miriam - Kate

New Delhi, India
   Amala Mazumdar, thirty-nine, classically beautiful,
rides a motorbike in the Aravalli Hills outside of
New Delhi as dawn is breaking, a Hermès silk scarf
wrapped around her throat.
   She removes her helmet and revs the bike up to full
throttle.

   Later, Amala, the Senior Currency Analyst at the
Bank of India, takes off the soft silk of her scarf, inherited
from her mother, Lalita, folds it carefully into neat
squares until it can be folded no longer, and places it in
the top box of her classic Royal Enfield Bullet.
   The motorbike's gleaming chassis betrays a few
scratches in the early-morning sun.
   She rolls the bike down to the underground garage
beneath her apartment building, an imposing, modern
structure in an exclusive suburb of the city.
   A few minutes later, and she’s nodding goodbye to
the concierge at reception, briefcase in one hand, and
a folder grasped tightly in the other.
   A paper flutters to the floor.
   Amala picks it up hurriedly, before anyone can
see it: it’s a hand-drawn sketch of a woman hanging
herself.
   She quickly stuffs the paper back in her folder and
rushes out the front door, head bowed, into the car
outside poised to whisk her away to the waiting city.

Naples, Italy
Gisella Lancellotti, twenty-nine, a young housewife
with a gentle, dreamy face, stands by the kitchen sink
in her boxy, modern flat, perched on top of a tower
block in the outskirts of Naples, gazing out of the window,
staring at the sky, and daydreaming.

 

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     I Draw Roses is a story about love, friendship and how we're all connected, no matter where we are in the world ...

Soon to be a major motion picture! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2343567/

About Claire Elizabeth

Screenwriter, author and editor.

Private consultations on individual writing projects: clairelizterry AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk

Trained in stage-management at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Descendant of British actress...

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