by Loida E. Perez Marionette is a collection of an exciting, adventurous story and a few poems. It is the story of a puppet who is alive and acquires human qualities and her master a puppeteer who has crossed the line between reality and fantasy and unites himself with his puppet, whom he calls Marionette. In this story of personification of a puppet, Marionette travels with her master around the world. She talks about her travels and adventures retrospectively, when she is freed from the storage box after the course of her life had been interrupted by her master, who locked her away for a long period of time. Marionette will bring you back in time to an era where the horses and the ships are the only mode of transportation. You will experience being with gypsies, visiting a castle, mingling with royalty, living with natives, sailing with pirates, and escaping from a wicked witch. Marionette speaks about her experiences acquired throughout her years of traveling around the world and mingling with people of different social statuses. The story is filled with humor, struggles, deception, jealousy, anger, love, passion, and hope. Through the eyes of a marionette, you will experience and feel all the emotions a human being is capable of feeling. Be careful! There is always a puppet in all of us, hoping that someone else will come and pull our strings to make us do the things we think we cannot do on our own, in order to survive the world. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Loida E. Perez was born in the city of La Romana in the Dominican Republic in 1954. She came to the United States in 1968. She worked for the Board of Education in New York City as an educational assistant for approximately ten years. She obtained a bachelors degree in psychology from Saint Francis College and a masters degree in psychology from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. She worked at Kings County Psychiatric Hospital, Child and Adolescent Units, for approximately five years while working on her masters and continues working in the field of mental health. (2007, paperback, 134 pages) Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days.