MANHATTAN: SHORT STORIES, TALL TALES is a collection of short stories. Each ‘tall tale’ takes place in a different neighborhood of Manhattan in a different era. Starting in 1926 in the Lower East Side and ending in Tribeca in 2011, each has a mystical quality that leads to an unexpected link. Released Fall 2016.
STORY OF THE INVISIBLE TWIN begins with the bonding of identical twin girls. But the winds of change come when they reach adulthood, and one day one twin is left without the other. Alone she is haunted by her reflection and lost without her other half, sinking deeper and deeper into the inner turmoil and sadness of her dreams. But could these dreams be trying to tell her something? Do they hold the answers to where her lost twin went? The answers are beyond what she could ever expect. Released Fall 2016.
UNDERGROUND takes an intimate look into the lives of those who have chosen to carve their own unique paths in life. These are the people who live on the fringe of society, go against the grain of mainstream thought or create their own rules to live by. It is a walk through the streets of New York, past graffiti walls and hidden alleys into the homes of some of New York’s more eccentric personalities. Accompanying the images are personal statements made by some of those featured in the book, in addition to some candid stories by the photographer revealing a private behind-the-scenes look into the photographs. Fall 2011.
— Kala Mandrake has a great command of the camera and takes unique, thoughtful and beautiful photographs that tell the great story of New York City Underground. No posing here, she’s the real thing and you can tell the people/characters in her book trust her. A great visual read.
— Kala Mandrake’s Underground is a visual journey into the heart and soul of some of NYC’s most interesting people. Mandrake captures their spirit and character with such a sensitive and passionate eye. This thought-provoking book is filled with beautiful photographs and honest descriptions of her experiences, each one a window into a magical time and place that only Kala Mandrake can bring out in people.
— Kala has documented a fascinating array of people on the fringe through beautifully composed photographs. You get a strong sense that Ms Mandrake knows the stories she is telling personally and emotionally, from both the text and photos. This book is an important documentation of a piece of contemporary New York culture. You will not be disappointed! A work of art.
FICTION STORY is a tale of love, loss, magic, murder and a dream come true. Through the poetic translation of tarot cards, it uses several voices to tell one girl’s story, with each perspective unveiling another peace of the evocative puzzle. Spring 2010.
— I took this book with me on a long bus ride and read it in 4 and a half hours without taking one break. Its beautiful and mysterious, and felt a lot like reading poetry with a plot. An absolute jewel.
— Kala Mandrake’s world feels like a enticingly mysterious labyrinth of dreams and drama. Mystical connections lead the reader into a immersive experience of passion, death and numbers. I couldn’t stop reading it myself, finished in a day. If you view life through magic eyes, Fiction Story is your story.
— Deep, intimate, and poetic..reading this book I felt myself being inside this magical dream.
— A wonderful book by a fresh, new talent. One of the most original and lovely novelettes I’ve read in a long while. — This literature piece is way ahead of its time. It is genius, poetic, and enthralling, transporting the reader into a world of magic and into other dimensions. Dreamy, original, and real. This book is a real gem and is recommended for anyone who loves mysticism, magic, literature, and poetry.
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