On her last day, Dr. Han Thieu, a Vietnamese doctor in Montreal, reminisces about her life, her husband, daughters, adopted son Quan, and friend Mathieu Hibou. In an act of love, she has decided to spare them her descent into unbearable pain and eventual death. Each of her remaining moments is like the rustling of papaya leaves—a sound only audible to those who choose to listen. Each memory brings sorrow and joy. For in life, love is but the counterface of suffering. Then with her last gasp, the story begins. The dark pain of post-war Vietnam and Cambodia blends into the youthful resilience of Malaysia and Thailand, the discovery of Canada and then new tragedies in Africa and the Middle East. Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls is a story teller’s tale. With every page you turn, let the ink lament a land lost, the paper sigh for past love and the letters paint desire for life renewed.
Con Cú is a Canadian author, born in Vancouver, who now lives in Aylmer, Quebec, outside of Ottawa. A veteran traveller, he attempts to marry his rich experience living abroad with the excitement of Canada's new and open society. Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls is his first novel. Con Cú is also the founder of Deux Voiliers Publishing, a thriving micropress dedicated to bringing down the barriers to publishing and bringing the best of new Canadian novelists to readers everywhere.
Critical acclaim from other authors
The writer’s understated style gently weaves this tapestry of life, trauma, love and bloodshed; and as the lives, experiences and relationships deepen - the writer’s passion for life and love comes into full bloom and culminate in a poignant epilogue. P.T. Straub, The Ordinary Adept.
Such a moving story, well-written too. I was impressed with how you switched back and forth between the characters without getting their stories lost. Well done! Sonia Saikaley, The Lebanese Dishwasher, Quattro Press
The story is brilliantly told. I read the last three quarters of the book all in one sitting and was caught up in the narrative and the characters. Chris Turner, Author of Denibus Ar, Innersky Press
And from our readersA portrait of the current human condition emerges. As his many characters develop, we share their sorrows, joys and loves in a true kaleidoscope of events. Michael Scott-Harston, Ottawa
The novel really is a wonderful, touching tale of how the human spirit overcomes adversity. The author Con Cú has mastered the art of simplicity and economy of words, without foregoing the occasional stroke of poetic genius. BPOTS, Cultus Lake