My book, The Last Goodbye, has been published by Green Writers Press and is available on Amazon.
The Last Goodbye is a semi-autobiographical story about loss and nostalgic reminiscence of childhood. The son sets off for boarding school over the years and later makes the long trip overseas to begin his career. Whether at the bus stop or at the airport, his father is always there to see him off on his journeys. When the son realizes he should spend more time with his father, he finds his father very ill and misses the opportunity to bid his father a final goodbye.
The inspiration for this book includes the wordless books by Frans Masereel and Lynd Ward from the early 20th century, the montage theory of early Soviet filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein and Lev Kuleshov, as well as the American artist Keith Smith’s very influential book The Structure of the Visual Book. I enjoy visual storytelling and its process of unfolding meanings and emotions through the passage of time. By selecting and composing each moment, you can turn the most mundane events into memorable experiences. Over 100 images were developed for The Last Goodbye but less than half were used because I feel sometimes what is not shown is often more powerful than what is shown. The collision of images often creates a more interesting and unexpected message.
The Last Goodbye was chose by an international jury as one of the eight finalists of the Silent Book Contest at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2014, and was exhibited in Montereggio di Mulazzo and then in Milan, Italy. In March 2014, I traveled to Italy to present The Last Goodbye and participated in the Silent Book Exhibition at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.