By Carlos Alemán
My first novel, Happy That It's Not True, was recently released by Aignos Publishing (July 2013). The story was based on an ebook that was a finalist for the 2012 International Latino Book Awards.
I wanted to write about love and inspiration and the things that matter most, especially how our lives affect others. We've all known or wished for someone to come into our lives who are like the main character in the book, Tio Diego, and change our perceptions of the world, and how we feel about ourselves. I hope that readers will take away some sense that there are many special people we have yet to meet who, like Diego, will prove that the most
significant moments are those marked by irrational things like love, spirituality, creativity, humor and the gift and beauty of dreams.
Here's the description that appears on Amazon:
After a devastating revelation that shatters his world, a man sets sail on a raft with several other men in search of a happier life. Out at sea, he tells a story as a way to work through his personal heartbreak. In transforming his experience into art, he constructs a tale which gives voice to the unloved, the lonely, the rejected, and those struggling to maintain their sanity. When the journey turns perilous, the storyteller becomes a guide, helping the men make sense of a life that may soon end.
As the evening grew dark there was a break in the clouds. One star appeared and then vanished. The most recent band of showers had produced enormous waves. Another rafter had been lost, unable to hold on to the dragon slithering across the expanse. The men stared at each other noticing their cuts and bruises, frightened by mutual hopelessness.
One of the men blurted out, almost in annoyance.
Go on with the story, but don’t mention anything about war, politics or prisons, or that sort of thing.
The storyteller, with swollen eyes and trembling lips gave the man a hateful look.
We’re past all that. Prepare yourselves, for what I have to say next is completely without violence or opinions or cleverness of any kind, and yet it is the darkest of all truths.
“The most heartbreaking, mind bending, and inspiring romantic drama of the year.” —Jonathan Marcantoni, Author of the Feast of San Sebastian
"...the clever narrative stitching, the wonderful, tightly-drawn characters, the pertinent subject matter (ranging from spiritual and religious concerns to meditations on art, from communication in the digital age to Latino self-prejudice and language, from turmoil in the Middle East to political persecution in Cuba ...), the way that the story made me laugh and cry nearly simultaneously, the way that a romance novel and a bildungsroman masterfully encase all of it ... make Happy That It's Not True a book I felt the urge to re-read the moment I finished the last line, and moreover, make me recommend this book to YOU."
—Chris Campanioni, Author of Going Down
Carlos Alemán is a Cuban American writer, painter, illustrator and web designer. Carlos lives in Sunrise, Florida with his wife Jean. His Website is carlosaleman.com