This novel is dedicated to the over 7 billion faces of the human “race”, diverse enough to comprise all of our distinct identities, yet homogeneous enough to mark us, unmistakably, as members of the same family.
My interest in the science of faces began in the 1960’s when, working as a medical advertising writer in New York City, I discovered among the Argosy Book Store’s vintage tomes, The Encyclopedia of Face and Form Reading by Stanton and Redfield’s Comparative Physiognomy, both from the 1880’s. Although clearly racist and pseudo-scientific by contemporary standards, I believe these books accurately reflect deeply ingrained biases that formed the basis for Western imposed criteria of beauty—including our biases about the looks of certain animals that carry over to humans thought to resemble those animals.
Elements of Chinese and Western Medicine, as well as Jungian and other observations on the psychology of faces help form the main premise of this book: the unique power of the human face not only to reveal our underlying physical and psychological natures but also to affect our conscious and subconscious beliefs and behaviors.
In documenting the long, uplifting history of our Chinese-American fellow citizens, New York Chinatown’s Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), A small jewel of a museum, proved an invaluable resource—as was The Metropolitan Museum of Art,whose world-famous collections testify to man’s remarkable and universal pre-occupation with his own image.
In Faces Tell All, fictional characters discuss notions of esthetic beauty relating to symmetry, proportionality and balance that stem not only from ancient Greek and Renaissance sources, such as the Golden Mean and the Fibonacci number, but also from equivalent Chinese concepts Yin and Yang and the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching. Thus, coincidentally, from numerologies of both East and West are derived lines and curves comprising forms and shapes that people, across all cultural divides, find appealing.
Many thanks to my publisher Gregg G. Brown of Blast Press for his support and guidance (and to the Monmouth County Fiction Writers Guild, for theirs); for the extraordinary work of my website and marketing professionals Steven Kass and David Leta of ShoreSite Web Designs, photographer Patty Marchesi and model Nicole Lippert; with special appreciation for early reviewers, so generous with their time and praise: Dr. Michael Eigen, Thomas Bird, T.J. Lloyd, Richard Dery and Bruce Ferguson.
Finally, gratitude to professional colleagues, friends and family for their advice and encouragement: Dr. Paul Mailshanker, Dr. Xin Liu, Dan Walsh, Esq., Peter Lyden; my children Lisa Copeland, Stephen and Jacob Wolfson and my loving wife Inge, whose beautiful face is an inspiration beyond words.