This bonus is an excerpt from my novel, Incarnation and a Cliff Notes-style cheat sheet below in the notes. The book follows a journalist, an actor, a writer, and a programmer whose dreams and desires play out together on the global stage, again and again. Each time, they find meaning as they spin on life's mysterious wheel of fortune.
Incarnation is, deliberately, a bit of a puzzle. For readers who linger with books until their memory gets fuzzy, or those who read the last page of a book first, or who like having the solution to a crossword puzzle handy, the following cheat sheet notes the relationships and pivotal moments of the incarnations in the novel. (Below, I include the cheat sheet for the entire chapter we're hearing excerpted. The whole cheat sheet is here.)
Chapter Two: Ryoko and Krishna
- In another incarnation, Joseph acts differently in the pivotal moment when he meets Ryoko. They do not become a couple, as they did in Chapter One.
- In still another incarnation, Joseph, as a young boy, is a pawn in the marital strife of his parents. His mother is having an affair with Rusty, who calls Joseph, “Jacquot.” She and Rusty move, with Jacquot, to France.
- Ryoko, as a young journalist, goes to France for a vacation — and to fish for a story. She meets Jacquot, who is now a film director. They have a romance.
- On returning to New York, Ryoko meets Krishna, who has studied computer science at RPI in New York. He has invented a TV commenting system Ryoko dubs “Veritage.” Ryoko and Krishna begin a romance. Jacquot, though geographically distant, hopes to rekindle his romance with Ryoko. She comes, with Krishna, to the screening of his film at Cannes. Ryoko remains with Krishna, and Jacquot meets Blanche Dubois.
- In another incarnation, Joseph’s father kept the young boy when Rusty took his mother to France. Joseph visited them annually, while studying art in New York. Joseph becomes interested in film and studies directing in Poland. He returns to New York and opens a film company with a partner, Silvio.
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