I made a new video combining a reading from IN THE CONTEXT OF LOVE with royalty free images on iMovie. I call it an illustrated video reading! In it, Angelica imagines what her birthfather is doing and what he looks like.
A scary vision
“What do you suppose my birth father was doing at that moment? Getting a free meal from the Salvation Army? Lying on a grimy cot in a subsidy-rent apartment on Fifty-Fourth , staring at a bare lightbulb hanging from the ceiling? What did he keep in his refrigerator? Salami? Eggs? A soft tomato with a cancerous black spot?
He might have his own family, smiling children and a wife in a ruffled apron who served him barbecued ribs and mashed potatoes, knowing nothing of his illegitimate daughter. I saw him with a swim cap of dark, wavy hair like mine and eyes with the intensity of a quick-moving summer storm. He focused on some distant spot, an invisible panorama, a sordid scene from his past, as he tore the meat from the ribs with his incisors, and his greasy lips moved in a silent monologue as he chewed. Suspicions, cold Midwest winters, bad city water, and clinging women made his teeth grind, no matter how many bones he sucked clean of flesh.”
Linda K. Sienkiewicz is the award-winning author of In the Context of Love: a new contemporary fiction about love, lust, and family secrets.
Angelica Schirrick had always suspected there was something deeply disturbing about her family, but the truth was more than she bargained for.
“Linda K. Sienkiewicz’s powerful and richly detailed debut novel is at once a love story, a cautionary tale, and an inspirational journey.” ~ Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of National Book Award Finalist, American Salvage, and critically acclaimed Once Upon a River, and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters