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The Restinga explores dysfunctional sexual relationships in the familiar context of a love triangle, but it is set in the exotic African landscape of pre-war colonial Angola in 1960, where the author spent her childhood. The Restinga evolved from a short story presented at a graduate fiction workshop led by Joseph and Amanda Boyden at the University of New Orleans’ Madrid campus in the summer of 2007.
Research for this project included:
- Many interviews with the author’s parents
- Compilation and review of family home movies made at the time
- Interview with Richard J. Houk, author of the article: “The Hotel Terminus: A Farce without an Ending”
- Interview with Nancy Henderson-James, author of: “At Home Abroad: An American Girl in Africa”
The Lover, a novel by Marguerite Duras, influenced the author in her writing of The Restinga. This ex-pat novel maps the sexual affair of a very young girl and a much older Chinese man in colonial Vietnam of the late 1920s. Both works look into the sexuality of a “tck” (third culture kid) in an exotic landscape.
Harbolovic, Valerie, "The Restinga" (2011). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 1412.