'Broken Syntax' was written over a period of a year and a half, after a lengthy hospitalisation. It carries the seeds of rebirth, yet also the melancholy of what most are never meant to see. The writing is deceptively simple and unsophisticated, allowing words to achieve their fullest impact. Divided into two parts, 'Broken Syntax' possesses the hallmark of an "unquiet mind". In the first part, "Fractures", the changes of seasons, the beauty of nature, the biting pain of human indifference, are described with bittersweet lyricism. "Love in, Love out", the second part, is a reflection on ever-changing love, tragic or ridiculous, violent or tender, where hope can be shattered but forgiveness ultimately triumphs.
About the Author
Laura Hargrove Schneilin is a young Franco-American woman, presently living and working in Paris, who has spent time in London and lived several years in the United States. Her mother is a painter, and her father a famous French academic. She attended various schools, including Princeton University, the School of Oriental Languages and the Sorbonne, where she obtained a Masters degree and an aggregation in English. She is now working as a teacher in various secondary schools in the Paris area, and has been lecturing in American and British literature at the Sorbonne for the past seven years. She is also working on a PhD in Renaissance Studies. Though her work and studies have often been interrupted by debilitating bouts of manic depressive illness, she has always continued to write, which she feels is her true calling. She is currently working on a novel and collection of stories in English, and a collection of short stories in French, which she hopes to finish in 2007.