Praise for The House of Six Doors An Autobiographical Novel

  • “An engaging, sincere and powerful account of an immigrant family chasing the American dream.” Kirkus Reviews Kirkus Reviews
  • “Patricia Selbert is an author with genuine knowledge of immigrating to the United States. The research and compassion are evident. With a compelling plot and characters, the reader is held from the early going, experiencing the colorful Caribbean culture in matching verse.” –The US Review of Books
  • “An honest tale of love, independence and American dreams.” El Mundo
  • “The House of Six Doors is a fine pick for a literary coming of age story.”  The Midwest Book Review

Praise for An Immigrant’s Story, The House of Six Doors Abridged for Limited English Proficiency Students

  • “This is an honest and compelling coming-of-age story that follows a girl as she moves between two cultures, cradled between longing for her indigenous past and the glittering promise of her future in America. Selbert artfully shines light upon the honest transformation of an immigrant family, moving from memories of a windswept island and a grandmother’s wisdom to the poignant integration and reality facing all American immigrants.” – Carol Prunhuber, author of Women: Around the World and Through the Ages
  • “This book is about affairs of the heart, clashing cultures, courage and how we each deal differently with love and pain. …there is a Hemingwayesque type of reportate to it… it’s satisfying.” – Michael L. Bowker, author of Winning the Battle Within
  • “Intimate, at times lyrical, charged with pain and wonder, laughter and perennial hope, The House of Six Doors is terrific storytelling.” – Olga Rojer, Associate Professor, American University, Washington DC
  • “If you feel as though the circumstances of your life are against you and you wonder whether this will ever change, this is a story that will fill you with hope. If you have ever wanted to believe that the circumstances of your life really do work for your ultimate best interest, read The House with Six Doors.” – David Robert Ord, author of Lessons in Loving: A Journey into the Heart

Awards

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      2013 Indie Book Award

      An Immigrant’s Story, The House of Six Doors Abridged has been named the winner in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

    • The USA “Best Books 2011″ Awards

      The House of Six Doors was selected as:

      Winner of Multicultural Fiction Finalist in General Fiction Finalist in Women’s Lit
    • Eric Hoffer Award Seal

      2011 Eric Hoffer Award

      The House of Six Doors has been chosen as the 1st Runner Up for General Fiction for the Eric Hoffer Award which recognizes excellence in independent publishing.

    • London Book Festival

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      The House of Six Doors has received an honorary mention from The London Book Festival 2011

    • San Francisco Book Festival

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      The House of Six Doors is Runner Up in the Teenage category in the 2011 San Francisco Book Festival.


Events

Patricia Selbert is available for lectures and book signings. She is a PhD candidate in depth psychology with emphasis on Somatic Studies. She specializes in the psychological affects of immigration.

Her research explores immigration’s somatic phenomena.

For more information or to schedule an event, please contact: erika@publishingbytheseas.com.

  • Caribbean Studies Association 40th Annual Conference May 2015 in New Orleans

    Title of Paper: Individuation and the Curaçaoan Immigrant: Jungian Psychology as a Poetics of Hybridity / Individuación y el Inmigrante de Curaçao: Psicología de Jung como Poética Híbrida
  • Society for Caribbean Studies Annual Conference 2015

    Birmingham UK, Mobility And Individuation: An Exploration of the Caribbean Psyche
  • International Conference on Caribbean Literature 2014 in Curaçao

    Guest speaker: Writing, Immigration, and the “Caribglobal”
  • Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm The House of Six Doors: Book Signing Chaucer’s Books Loreto Plaza 3321 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

    Local author Patricia Selbert will be reading excerpts from her debut novel, The House of Six Doors at Chaucer’s Bookstore in Santa Barbara. After the presentation she will be available for book signing.
  • Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:00 pm The House of Six Doors: A Discussion University @ Santa Barbara, Multicultural Center Lounge

    In an intimate conversation with renowned writer Pico Iyer, local author Patricia Selbert shares her experiences and excerpts from her recent novel, The House of Six Doors, a compelling story of immigration from the Caribbean Islands to California that follows a girl as she moves between two cultures, cradled between longing for her indigenous past and the glittering promise of her future in America. Born to Dutch parents in the jungles of Venezuela and raised in Curaçao, Selbert richly spices this novel with images from her own life and experiences. She artfully portrays the honest transformation of an immigrant family, moving from memories of a windswept island and a grandmother’s wisdom to the poignant integration and reality facing all American immigrants.
  • April 19th 2011, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Hieronymous Lounge Westmont College 955 La Paz Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93108

    Join author Patricia Selbert for a reading from The House of Six Doors and a conversation on how her multicultural upbringing shaped her identity. The event was cosponsored by the Department of Sociology-Anthropology and the Office of Intercultural Programs at Westmont College.

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Articles & Interviews

  • Patricia Selbert article in More Magazine.
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  • Contacto Live Television Interview with Chacho de Castro

  • Moru Bondia Television Interview with Aileen Looman


More praise for The House of Six Doors

    • “This is an honest and compelling coming-of-age story that follows a girl as she moves between two cultures, cradled between longing for her indigenous past and the glittering promise of her future in America. Selbert artfully shines light upon the honest transformation of an immigrant family, moving from memories of a windswept island and a grandmother’s wisdom to the poignant integration and reality facing all American immigrants.” – Carol Prunhuber, author of The Passion and Death of Rahma the Kurd: Dreaming Kurdistan
    • “This story rings true from beginning to end. From the moment we meet thirteen-year-old Serena with her fierce and erratic mother in the Miami airport, we know a heroine’s journey has begun. Captured in vivid details and lyrical memories, it invites the reader along.” – Janet Lucy, author of Moon Mother, Moon Daughter: Myths and Rituals that Celebrate a Girl’s Coming of Age
    • “Patricia Selbert’s The House of Six Doors tells the story of Serena’s authentic transformation: from young island girl to woman, from small town to big city life, with a strong helping of self-realization. This is my kind of fiction!” – Janice Cook Knight, author of Follow Your Heart Cookbook: Recipes from the Vegetarian Restaurant
    • “This novel is a beautiful weave of hard reality and romance, so real that I couldn’t put it down.” – Nancy Marriott, author of Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d with Dr. Candace Pert
    • “You will find yourself torn between cheering for the mother and wanting to sit her down for an intervention. You will think about yourself and how you would deal with things if you were in that situation. You would wish to be enveloped by Serena’s grandmother’s arm and hear her wisdom. You’ll take that wisdom to heart for your own life. You will want to take Serena and hide her away from herself but then on the next page feel a sense of pride for her achievements.You will wish to live in Curacao but then thankful to live in your own town. You’ll find yourself wanting to read more of this book.” – Steena Holmes, author of Chocolate Blessings
    • “I absolutely fell in love with this beautifully written, lyrical novel. Selbert shares her gift of storytelling in this coming-of-age novel of Serena, the young girl who immigrated to the United States as her mother and sister followed their dreams, and found that she had dreams of her own that would encourage her and see her through her journey to find her own self.” – Sharon Galligar, Sharon’s Garden Review of Books
    • “Patricia Selbert weaves a powerful and poignant tale of wisdom in the tapestry of her writings that provides a source of strength. My applause to the author for her brilliant and beautiful portrayal of a young girl’s coming of age and her struggles with cultural differences.” – Reiki Master Julia Elizabeth Carroll, author of Nu Reiki Oneness 

 

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