My brilliant, talented, creative, generous, caring, funny, adventurous, beautiful 18 year-old daughter, Lark “Alou” Randon, died on September 4, 2016. We chose not to immediately announce her death publicly because of our own struggles to process it emotionally.
Before her death, Lark completed a novel under her pen name, Alou Randon. One way I am coping with the loss of Lark has been to get her novel ready for publication.
Lark’s novel, Christiania will be available from Amazon on Wednesday-Friday (Feb. 15-17) for free download. Hopefully, as many people as possible will get it on Wednesday so she will get a nice spot on the free best sellers list.
I’m putting her book, Christiania, out there for several reasons. Finishing her novel was a major accomplishment and one of her dreams. I want people to see how well she could write at a young age and envision what she might have been able to achieve had she lived. Also, I just wanted to do one last thing for my kid.
I’d love for everyone who is comfortable doing so, to share the info about the free book to maximize downloads, as a final tribute to Lark/Alou.
However, Christiania is adult material with disturbing themes. Drug abuse, sex, violence and profanity are used throughout. If you are easily offended, this will not be the book for you to read. Just read the About Christiania note at the beginning, and the About the Author, poems, photos, and Afterword at the end.
Alou Randon wrote in letters to prospective agents, “Christiania is comparable to works such as Naked Lunch, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Trainspotting and was influenced largely by the works of William S. Burroughs. Its audience is similar to those of the aforementioned books — present and past drug users who want and need characters whose problems they can relate to and empathize with.”
Because of my metastatic GIST cancer, I had no expectation of outliving her. Since her death, I’ve had days when I just wanted to stay in bed or curl up in a ball on the floor indefinitely. Knowing that Lark really wanted to publish her book has given me a purpose when I wanted to give up.
My heartfelt hope is that if she is able to somehow view what I’ve done from some other plane of existence, she smiles.