This is a different love story—a fantasy in the mind of the female protagonist come true. Her name is Sara. She suffers from mental illness, hears voices, and one of the voices in her head comes alive for her. The voice belongs to Gavilàn–a working-class Latino, an artist who’s into ‘experimental’ photography. Sara is a middle-class, college-educated Jewish woman, and she, too, is an artist, but her tastes are more traditional. The physical attraction between the two protagonists offers a promising start. But the culture clash between them takes them on an interracial rollercoaster ride.
An artistic journey across time and space
Dazzled by Darkness transported me across time and space to Brooklyn of the late 1960s and early 1970s where I experienced the year-long relationship between Sara and G. Sara is a hopeful writer working as a secretary at an art museum where she meets G, who is an art student.
Through the course of the romantic relationship, author Erica Miles explores the racial tensions of the period. Sara is a middle-class Jewish woman and G is a poor black Latino just coming to his own as a man.
One of the most fascinating elements of the novel for me was G’s artistic journey. Over the course of the novel, G “visits” such famous artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol. His imagined interactions with the artists provided insight both into G’s character and the artists visited.
In looking back at the racial, sexual, and artistic scene of the past, Dazzled by Darkness gave me the opportunity to look around at the present and consider where we might be going in the future.
–David Lee Summers, author of The Clockwork Legion Series