The Face At The Window Info Sheet
Title: The Face at the Window
Publisher: Amaryllis Publishing House
Author: Kiran Manral
“Brilliant atmospherics, with everything unfolding urgent and languid all at once, and an ending that sates even as it chills.”
Shinie Antony, award winning writer & co-founder, Bangalore Literature Festival
In the whole welter of romance, intimate secrets and heady cocktail of emotions, experimenting with different genre of story- telling is always a refreshing and a welcome change. Journalist, columnist and author Kiran Manral has always believed in upping her game by brushing shoulders with various genres.
From The Reluctant Detective to Once Upon A Crush, All Aboard and Karmic Kids, here she surprises you with her next novel, The Face at the Window. It was during one of my blog interview that I recollect that Kiran shared with me last year what ‘The Face at the Window’ is all about. “The Face at the Window’ from Amaryllis, is darker, more layered fiction and completely different from what I have written so far.”
That was told to me last year and describing the novel as very intriguing and nuanced tale was enough to pep up her fans. The time has come now as ‘The Face at the Window’s nears its release and it’s worth the wait.
What’s the novel is all about is what piques our interest? It’s about Mrs McNally, a retired school teacher living alone in a cottage at the footfalls of the Himalayas. Mind you, our retired teacher has secrets that could shatter two of the people she drools over and cares about the most, her daughter Millie and grand-daughter Nina.
For sure, there are sky-rocketing expectations from Kiran after she hit the right nail with her earlier novels lapped by readers. When I asked what tempted her to try a brand new genre and what readers are expected with her new offering, Kiran describes ‘The Face at The Window’ as ‘completely different from all my previous works.’ She replies, “It’s in a completely different genre with not a smidgeon of humor I’ve been associated with, nor the romance I’ve written in recent times.”
Torn by the main protagonist’s desire to reveal the truth that could change Millie’s life and the need to let things continue as they are, Mc Nally grapples with not just ghosts from her past, but also a strange, vicious presence in her house that seems to want something from her.
Describing her latest adventure as a much darker and grimmer tale, Kiran shares, “It all began during my first holiday in the mountains, where the sheer sense of space and the distances between homes completely astounded me.”
Being a city person where space is the only luxury one cannot get, the author says that it is this sense of distance that fascinated her in the mountains. “I wondered what it would be to live such isolated lives and that’s how the story began. I’ve heard my mother talking about life in the boarding school where she taught before she got married, and somehow the picture of the protagonist, Mrs Mc Nally appeared in my head fully formed, rapping away at my brain, to tell her story. And so I sat and narrated her story.”
Will Mrs Mc Nally ever find peace that eludes her, will she be rid of this entity haunting her house and more so, finding closure? Kiran Manral has the answer for you in this gently nuanced, layered story that deals with the lack of identity and an eternal finding of self, ‘The Face at the Window’ that holds a mirror to fears we are all afraid to voice. Fear of ageing, fear of not belonging and above all, fear of no one to love you at the end of your life.
A sliver of fear and lie throughout one’s life, Kiran subtly explores the identity Mrs Mc Nally comes face to face in exploring the inner demons. You can pre-order the book on Amazon.
Author Kiran Manral needs no introduction. After a stint as a journalist with The Asian Age and the Times of India, she quit her full time job to set up her own content supply firm. Being ranking the 30 most influential women on Twitter, Kiran is a senior consultant with a qualitative market research firm. Being one of the leading bloggers in India, she is listed in Labnol’s list of India’s top blogs and is ranked among the top five parenting blogs in India by Blogadda. She was also a Tehelka blogger columnist on gender issues, appeared as a panelist on NDTV and featured in Femina. Also, on the planning board of Kumaon Literary Festival, advisor on the Board of Literature Studio in Delhi, Author Mentor at sheores.in and a columnist at iDiva.com. Kiran was awarded the Women Achievers award by Young Environmentalists Group in 20113. She regularly blogs at http://www.kiranmanral.wordpress.com and you can reached out to her on Twitter.