‘Songs for a Blind Date’ Introduces a Wanderer in a World of Transition
Songs for a Blind Date (published by AuthorHouse) by Josephine Burden is the second book in a trilogy. Each book stands alone but is linked by themes of place and the story of Jessica. In the second book, Ernesto, an Italian war orphan, is put on a ship to Australia when he is twelve years old. Ernesto grows into Queensland manhood in the canefields of the North and becomes Ernie, the postman who delivers Jessica’s mail in a suburb of Brisbane. By the time Ernie meets Jessica, he has re-invented himself as a bachelor living on acreage with his own mail delivery company. Now, he sings snatches of his own song but still yearns for the songs of his mother. Jessica is an established academic, living her own life and working on her PhD. Ernie and Jessica find some joy in each other but is it enough for both of them to find new notes to harmonise the clashing chords of their different lives?
This is a multi-layered tale of journeys and re-invention, of love and old age, of place and people. Ernesto’s childhood journey from the Mediterranean Sea to Australia is reversed when Jessica returns in old age to her mother’s birthplace in Malta. Songs for a Blind Date tells their individual stories and explores issues of identity and connection when they meet in later life. The process of researching, writing and publishing a book also becomes part of the story as Jessica reflects on the challenges of living life to the full.
In an age of displacement and migration, Songs for a Blind Date is about how people reconstruct our senses of self when we move across borders. As we each learn the songs of a new place, a new age, we hear our own notes in different chords and create new harmonies to add to the songs of the earth.