In Mirror Face, we meet a young woman of means named Ursula Baker. As she struggles to secure the balance between life experience and sensibility, we descend into her curiosity for a world she is so fascinated by. The novel is told through a series of inter-woven reveries, which explore what it means to love and live with purpose in a challenging, complex society. Will Ursula be able to secure her niche in life, when her closest friends are threatened by the consequences of their dangerous and out-of-control lifestyles? One friend has lost all ambition to become a singer/songwriter and has descended into a world of amphetamine and an obsession with Lady Gaga; another lies in hospital, battling the effects of HIV/AIDS. It will take conviction to be of assistance to those in crisis but will this strength be at the expense of something she needs to maintain her own sanity?Buy Now
Continuing from where “Mirror Face’ leaves off, Ursula is presented with a opportunity to live and work off-grid at a small bottled water company and so takes to the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in an effort to begin a new and meaningful life. As we follow along on her adventure, in a style revealed through de-constructed fragments of journal entries, poetry, horoscopes, To-Do lists, recipes and intimate correspondence, we re-join Ursula as she struggles to find her authentic identity and forge enduring relationships. In “What She Deserves,” Ursula Baker learns that the matter of inheritance lies at the bottom of most struggles.
Surrendering to the adventure of travelling alone and with no particular destination or goal in mind, we follow Ursula Baker through the touristy areas in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, the jungles of Belize, the mountains of Guatemala and the beaches of Honduras. How will she navigate the disappointments of coming to a foreign place and finding it so well-travelled that it is saturated with other tourists? Her search for the authentic experience compels her movement and the sensitivity she experiences for the native people who are regularly invaded transforms her idea of what it means to travel in the Twenty-First Century.