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1960s Post-Colonial Nostalgia
Collides with Quirky Characters in Historical Fiction Debut
LIGHT-HEARTED COMING OF AGE TALE OF ADVENTURE AND TRANSFORMATION
"One Flew over the Banyan
Tree is rich with meticulous detail and digression,
and the payoff for
the many escapades is worth the wait."
-- Clarion Review
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How does a young boy find his way after his father loses a critical job and
abandons his family in a small island town? In Alan Jansen’s stunning
historical fiction debut, One Flew over the Banyan Tree
eleven-year-old Rohan grapples with this loss as he finds himself navigating a
new world among a cast of colorful characters.
Set on the fictitious island of Victoria (resembling Post-Colonial Sri
Lanka), One Flew over the Banyan Tree
takes readers through a
panoramic journey of life in the 1960s.
Centered on young Rohan through a memorable stay at his Grandmummy’s house
in Jellicoe Junction, in One Flew Over the Banyan Tree
meet loveable and unforgettable characters like Bellakay, the walking
encyclopedia; Salgado, a droll glutton; Sonny, owner of the illegal dilapidated
restaurant called Nameless; “breakfast-eaters” who enjoy a good session of
camaraderie and banter at the illicit eatery; an anthropomorphic canine who
ruminates on the human race; headless ghosts who hover above the town’s beloved
banyan tree; and many other captivating personalities.
No longer belonging to a functional family, Rohan must come to terms with
his transformation into an independent young boy during his surreal stay in
impoverished Jellicoe Junction, a lively hub in the island’s capital city –
Portopo. After experiencing many perspectives and personalities, will he learn
to forgive and transcend — or will he blend into the pauperized place he’s
found himself situated in?
The past comes alive in One Flew over the Banyan Tree
generational and class conflicts intensify in the wake of 1960’s
counterculture. With great heart and humor, Jansen’s
a gripping exposition of the far-reaching impact of British colonization, the
ongoing disparities of destitution, and one young boy’s navigation of divided
loyalties and decisions that will change the course of his life forever.
In One Flew over the Banyan Tree
, Jansen draws inspiration
from the wit of O. Henry, the clandestine world-building of Roald Dahl, and the
comical storytelling of P.G Wodehouse. This book is a delight for fans of
historic fiction, those who enjoy deep character development, and anyone
spellbound by the characteristics of post-colonialism.
About the Author:
Alan Jansen was born and raised in British Colonial Ceylon (later
Sri Lanka). He studied at the renowned St. Joseph's College in Colombo and
currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden after emigrating there as a young man. Giving
up a long-time senior position in a Swedish telecom company, Alan decided to
concentrate on a writing career. One Flew over the Banyan Tree
is his first novel.
One Flew over the Banyan Tree [iUniverse] paperback
is available at most online booksellers including Amazon,
& Noble, Kobo,
(Bowker), Scribd, Chapters
Indigo ca, etc, as of September 24, 2015. The e-book is
also available at most of these and other online booksellers.
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