Publisher: Jo-An Books
Hard Cover, 232 pages
Available most anywhere books are sold
by Kareena Maxwell
Kareena Maxwell's novel STANLEY is steadily arresting and parts of it are imbued with the same kind of indefinable beauty of Fitzgerald's or Faulkner's lyrical prose… Ward Morehouse III, author, playwright.
This novel STANLEY was inspired by the dedicated work of Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro in the last year of her life, and who died before her son Barack Obama became President of the United States of America. In real life, Stanley’s father had wished for a boy. When she was born, he surprisingly named her Stanley. In her life, the admirable and legendary Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro became an American Economic Anthropologist who worked diligently and with great compassion in helping the peasants of Kajar, Indonesia. Maxwell has written this novel by creating a family of villagers and friends around a woman named Stanley. We are privy to Stanley’s inner most thoughts as she explores the depth of love and friendship while in search of her own identity as she is working to obtain micro-finance loans to help the Indonesian cottage industries.
Maxwell weaves her story around a loving Indonesian family, with Rachman, the village blacksmith, his wife Ndari and children Bintang and Melati. A charming, handsome and wealthy Englishman, Kermit, as a photographer and member of the crew, is an important part of Stanley’s documentation and soon becomes a close friend. One chapter called The Life of a Metal tells us how with wondrous skills and craftsmanship and family pride, these dedicated peasants turn scrap metal into useful tools for agriculture in Jakarta. Stanley follows the traditions, dreams and conflicts of the family members, each with their own goals while she arranges with the foundation for recognition and micro-finance loans.
who are driven with many dreams and aspirations. We also meet Kermit, her coleague, the wealthy Englishman who is a photographer and part of the team that documents the environs of the village workmen and their families. Kareena Maxwell brings you into the unknown aworld
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In her introduction Kareena Maxwell says: “I created a family around her and a few close friends. The trip with her was wonderful. She explores a deep caring culture of a people who live for family and the spiritual world. She in her agnosticism kept herself and her eyes open and reported like a scientist. No judgment, but a lot of love.”