by Laire Siwi Mentari
Aphrodite (16 tahun) adalah cewek ambisius, cuek, optimis, keras, dan disayang banyak orang, terutama para anggota band Rhythm and Groove (RAG). Aphrodite final film2Dari mereka Aphrodite banyak belajar tentang makna persahabatan dan cinta, yang selalu mewarnai hidupnya. Karena ibunya, wanita karier yang single parent, terlalu sibuk, Aphrodite tumbuh dalam asuhan seorang pembantu yang penuh kasih-sayang. Belasan tahun Aphrodite mencari ayah kandung yang meninggalkannya sejak ia masih dalam kandungan—untuk melampiaskan dendam. Akankah sang ayah berhasil ia temukan? Akankah dendamnya terbalaskan?
Dalam urusan cinta, Aprhodite harus bersaing dengan Gisela, sang kakak kelas yang cantik dan ramah, untuk merebut hati Adrian Delano, seorang sahabatnya di RAG. Aphrodite harus memilih: cinta atau persahabatan.
About The Author :
My Jakarta: Laire Siwi Mentari, Writer
Laire Siwi Mentari is one of Indonesian literature’s most promising young talents. Still two months shy of 21, Laire, who has two novels, a screenplay and a collection of short stories to her credit, has seen her craft take her around the world.
The only child of Sitok Srengenge, a poet and the program director at Utan Kayu Community, Laire talks about how the writing bug caught on her, the perks of having a novel published and why no other home could replace her Jakarta.
Were you born in Jakarta?
Not exactly. I was born in Depok, which is still a part of Greater Jakarta, right? Then my mother took me back to Pekalongan city in Central Java when I was in kindergarten. I lived there until I was in fourth grade. Then we came back to Jakarta because romo [father in Javanese] and biyung [mother, Farah Maulida] decided that it would be best for me to live in Jakarta to get a better education.
I did get a better education but when I came home, I was alone most of the time because my parents were away. Totally alone — no servants, not attended by anyone. I felt lonely. So I started to read romo’s book collection and write short stories to kill boredom.
What were you writing when you were alone?
Anything. My stories were about my daily activities in school, like friendship or puppy love. [laughing]. No one knew I was writing, including my parents.
How did you get your first novel, “Nothing But Love,” published?
After high school, I started writing a novel. When romo saw me, he was surprised. He asked me to print out my work. He showed it to Zen Hae [a writer and a member of the Jakarta Arts Council], AS Laksana [awarded Best Storyteller in 2006 by Koran Tempo and the founder of the Creative Writing School], and Hasif Amini [a senior literature curator]. They all agreed that my novel was worthy of being published, and in 2003, it was.
Did the novel do well?
It was accepted nicely by the readers. The book is in its 8th edition and it has sold 40,000 copies. I could buy a second-hand Suzuki Baleno. Romo actually helped me to pay for that because he wanted me to save the rest of my money for education.
Laire was talking to Candra Malik. http://thejakartaglobe.com/city/my-jakarta-laire-siwi-mentari-writer/326993
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