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Don't Bury Me Forever

A Memoir



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Don't Bury Me Forever by Prema Rachel
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This is a story about becoming one's self. It is about not taking the easy road, the road that is expected of us, the road our parents and our peers try to steer us down. Rather it is about searching for authenticity, that being we were born, the net sum of all our ancestors before us. It is a story of suffering, not the suffering of poverty, or war, or cruel parents. It is the suffering of not being allowed to be authentic. This is a story about learning to be what one is not, in order to survive, and then re-learning to be authentic.

Spanning over sixty years and two continents, we follow the story of a little boy, whose birth took over seventy two hours and was in the midst of a war. After spending four years in a children's nursing he is reclaimed by his mother, only to be sent to a boarding school. It is at the boarding school that he develops a severe stutter and to all intents and purposes becomes a mute for ten years. His school holidays are divided between his paternal grandparents and his mother and stepfather who manages large farming estates for wealthy lords. The little boy has a strong affinity for wild creatures that he finds in abundance on the farms.

The little boy grows up in constant conflict that leads to attempted suicide, bad choices, prisons, misery, hurt and pain not just for himself but for those around him, too.

The story runs parallel to the life of a woman and starts some fifty years after the birth of the little boy. This woman has experienced an awakening, thanks in large part to her pursuit of love. Her story starts with her lesbian friend Elsa. When Elsa decides to leave her after they had been together for three years, she heartbrokenly moves in with a couple, Richard and Lani. Her story becomes about overcoming jealousy, finding herself and finding a deeper meaning to love. She becomes a dominatrix for women. Some years later at the age of sixty two, she decides to travel alone through the America's with only a backpack and a wide openness to life and the world. Claiming to be ten years younger, her outrageous adventures take her to The Dominican Republic, The Caribbean, Jamaica, Costa Rica, a ranch in Colorado and an expensive home in New Jersey.

Release date NZ
January 1st, 2009
Country of Publication
United States
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