QUEEN OF MADAGASCAR
The Queen of Madagascar is a literary novel, the story of Fanilo, a homeless woman in Paris who disdains the company of others of her station in life because she thinks she is the queen of Madagascar. In her quixotic quest to convince authorities to acknowledge her claim, she encounters an urbane, gay, financier and art collector who is in the process of losing his fortune and dismantling his home, but decides to help her put her life back together because it affords him a sense of redemption and closure before he has to leave the city for good, to start a new life elsewhere. There is a third, important, character shrouded in mystery, whose true motivation is revealed toward the end and is decisive for its outcome.
The novel also deals with the lasting effects of violence inflicted on children in times of war, the indifference of society to it, and the redemptive value of those few who are willing to step out of the crowd and make a difference, even if with small gestures.
This novel was short-listed for the 2014 Luke Bitmead Bursary award for best unpublished novel of the year. Previously, it was featured in a Master Class by the University of New Mexico’s Taos Writers Conference.