The Parrot’s Perch opens in 2013, when Karen Keilt, age sixty, receives an invitation to testify at the Brazilian National Truth Commission at the UN in New York. The email sparks memories of her “previous life”the one she has kept safely bottled up for more than thirty-seven years. Hopeful of helping to raise awareness about ongoing human rights violations in Brazil, she wants to testify, but she anguishes over reliving the horrific events of her youth.
In the pages that follow, Keilt tells the story of her life in Brazilfrom her exclusive, upper-class lifestyle and dreams of Olympic medals to her turmoil-filled youth. Full of hints of a dark oligarchy in Brazil, corruption, crime, and military interference, The Parrot’s Perch is a searing, sometimes shocking true tale of suffering, struggleand survival.
Karen Keilt lived through the darkest days of Brazil’s military dictatorship. In her courageous and compelling memoir, Keilt narrates an emotionally honest reckoning of her desire to find true happiness. Forbidden by her wealthy family to even mention her imprisonment, torture, and rape, Keilt is forced to make a change that will affect the rest of her life. Seen through her testimony to the Brazilian National Truth Commission at the UN, readers become witnesses to both her vulnerability and her quiet strength.
|Publisher:||She Writes Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Born and raised in Brazil to a Brazilian father and an American mother, Karen Keilt had a childhood of luxury and privilege. She began riding horses at age five and competing at age nine. She attended University of Sao Paulo, Faculdade Objetivo. However, in 1979, she fled to the US, after being unlawfully held prisoner and tortured by Brazilian police for 45 days before being ransomed. Since coming to America, she has enjoyed an eclectic career, including serving as Riding Master at the YMCA, and the first-ever female general manager of a men's professional RHI League hockey franchise, the Florida Hammerheads. She always gravitated back to her love of writingfirst as a newspaper columnist in South Carolina, and later writing four screenplays: The Parrot's Perch, Bethebotu, The Gnashing of Teeth , and Maracanazo. Keilt enjoys traveling, hiking, Anusara yoga, amateur photography, and horseback riding. She lives in Carefree, Arizona, with her husband, Jack, and their dog, Luna.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book does have a very different world. The summary tells the reader nicely what to expect. The point of view varies, it seems like it's more from the author's point of view than the characters. The characters all have at least one, if not more, quirk that will make them stand out in the readers' memory. The events are fast-paced, colorful, and almost surreal. The book moves quickly from one scene to the next in an almost helter-skelter way. The characters are not always likable, but they are not all meant to be. They will likely take the reader by surprise on more than one occasion. There really is a lot of corruption and dirty cops, the author handles that subject well. This book is recommended to adult readers.