Roberta has been through a lot in her time: an alcoholic mother, abusive marriages, and a stormy relationship with her daughter. Now she’s on a journey to reconnect with herself, to rediscover herself, to renew the relationships in her life (her mother, her daughter, her friend), and to try and find romance along the way.
The story begins during Roberta’s trip to Canada, where she is going to meet her daughter, with whom she lost emotional connections years ago. This book’s essence is about abandoning a make believe world, taking responsibility for one’s choices, choosing to value what is truly worthy in life, changing destiny no matter what age a person is and most of all, making peace with the past in order to build a real future, not an unreachable fairy tale.
“The most complicated relationship in human existence has got to be that between mother and daughter and poor Roberta is getting it on both ends. Roberta responds with a courage and honesty that is relatable and endearing” Vicky Pipher-Moore.
“Cristina’s voice is genuine and strong. Cristina, through Roberta, gives us all who have lived through abuse, hope that some day we too will be able to live again.” Jenny Thompson
“This is the story that doesn’t make the news but needs to be told. It is the raw nerve of the unsung, the abused, and the ripples of abuse that can send waves through generations. Roberta is the heroine that so many romantic novels desperately needs.” Jim Phoenix
“Hand Luggage explores the interpersonal relationships that we all face in our life. It isn’t a story of victimhood, but a celebration of survival and a renewal of life.” Lamar Jenkin
About the Author
Cristina Bresser de Campos is Brazilian, graduated by Universidade Federal do Parana in Graphic Design. She has two published books, both in Portuguese: Torre de Papel (Paper Tower) in 2015 – short stories anthology with other authors. “Quase tudo é risível” (Almost Everything is Laughable) a novel, Nov 2016. Also in 2016 received a prize from Centro de Letras da Universidade Federal de Fortaleza for the short story Capitolium.
In 2017, three honorable mentions in Brazilian’s short stories contests: Prêmio Literário da AMULMIG de Prosa e Poesia 2017 by Academia de Letras de Minas Gerais, IV Concurso Cultural de Microcontos by Biblioteca Municipal e Araraquara, II Concurso ALAP “Paranavaí Literária”. She has short stories and literary chronicles in some Brazilian literary journals such as: Revista Philos, JornalRelevO, Revista Escriva, revista gueto, mallamargens, Plástico Bolha, Revista EMA, Revista LiteraLivre, Trema Comunidade Literária, Jornal Leôncio. She studied Creative Writing at University of Edinburgh in 2016. She has some short stories and poems published in English by American, British, Greek and Indian literary magazines. In 2017:Northern Light, 121 Words, Ariel Chart, Wanton Fuckery Poetry, A New Ulster, The Silver Streams, Bashabandhan Literary Review, The University of Edinburgh Journal, Flight Writing, The Runt Zine, Red Queen Literary Magazine, Star 82 Review, Dodging the Rain, Quail Bell Magazine. In 2018, Former Cactus Lit., Flucky Fiction (a short story and a poem in this printed anthology), Wildflower Muse, Nous, Thrice Magazine, Déraciné, Santa Fe Writer’s Project.
She has photography published by literary magazines: Escapism, Dodging the Rain, *82 Review, The Free Library-Internet Void, 805 Literary Magazine.
Hand Luggage is her first novel published in English by the Canadian publisher Ricky’s Back Yard/Czykmate Productions, in 2018.