Tea and Madness
By- C. Streetlights
Genre- Women’s Fiction/Poetry/Memoir
Publication Date- June 29th, 2015
Published By- Booktrope Publishing
“And when it falls into silence again the void it echoes fills me with wonder. Wonder only because I no longer remember if this small entity isn’t real or if it whispers the truth.”
C. Streetlight’s memoir, Tea & Madness, is a collection of prose and poetry separated into the seasons of her life. Each season is inspired by her experiences: grieving a lost baby, understanding depression, anger, betrayal, surviving rape and the acceptance that she cannot forgive. Balanced somehow within the darkness is the wonder in motherhood and empathetic relationships. As her seasons change, she continues trying to find the balance of existing between normalcy and madness.
Tea an Madness is a compilation of short stories and poetry based off of the life of the author, C. Streetlights. By reading this memoir, she takes you into her world and thoughts which are both joyful and heart wrenching. The writing style in this book is just so beautiful, yet not too overally done where it makes it cumbersome to read. I really enjoyed the themes present in this book and how they were portrayed. She talks about both the highs and lows of her life and you can see through all of it she was able to stay strong and hopeful. With each experience she shares, it is apparent that they have all made her into what she is today.
This book is VERY quotable. While reading it I hilighted so many quotes I thought were beautiful. It was not hard to relate to many of her passages. She talks about many hard topics like rape, death, and depression in the book. Her story about being raped and the death of her child were very sad, but at the same time empowering because even through hard times, C. Streetlights shows you can come out of them even stronger than before.
Now where does the tea come in? Well there was a very fun, interesting part at the end of the book that gives a tea 101 and basics. I am sure anyone who loves their tea will really appreciate it. All in all, I enjoyed reading this quick, inspiring memoir.
Author's Top 5
Top 5 Books You Think Should Be Considered Classics
1.) The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
2.) Mother Night, Kurt Vonnegut
3.) The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
4.) On the Road, Kerouac
5.) Like Water For Chocolate, Laura Esquivel
About the Author-
She has met many fools, but admires Don Quixote most because he taught her that it didn’t matter that the dragon turned out to be a windmill. What mattered was that he chose to fight the dragon in the first place.
Streetlights now lives in the mountains with a husband, two miracle children, and a dog who eats Kleenex. She retired from teaching so she can raise her children to pick up their underwear from the bathroom floor, to write, and to slay windmills and dragons. She is happy to report that she can finally see the stars.
You can follow C. Streetlights on Twitter @cstreetlights, and on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest at C. Streetlights