Vera is a gifted young researcher working in a classified Genetics program in 1970’s Argentina. When she makes a break through, it spells trouble, and the beginning of an action-packed, thrilling ride. Two decades later, Frances works at the same institution, under the tutelage of the same superior, Professor Litvac. Lonely and misunderstood, her existence is chained to the ambitious agendas of those around her. She’s at the brink of making her own explosive discovery when a momentous meeting changes her life forever—and that of the world with it.
Between the 70’s and the 90’s, from Buenos Aires to New Mexico, this saga chronicles a bloody fight for freedom: for Vera, for Frances, and for the entire human race.
Full of suspense, twists and poignant psychological insights, Against the Oaks of Bashan follows the heroic journey of two “different” beings in their quest to break free from the shackles of societal mandates and expectations. A compelling work of literary fiction, the story is at once a social commentary and a symbolic roadmap to a more authentic way of life.
Julia Starling is a medical doctor and psychotherapist. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she spent five years in the UK finishing her clinical studies and then moved to California to complete her psychotherapy training. She currently lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband Alex.