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The Glorious Mysteries

Author: Audrey Whitson
ISBN: 9781927068779 Categories: Fiction, Short Stories (single author)
Publication Date: 30 August, 2013
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5"

About the Author

Audrey Whitson’s short fiction has appeared in Alberta Views, the Canadian Journal of Prairie Literature, Confluence, FreeFall, and Room Magazine. Her first book, Teaching Places (Wilfred Laurier University Press 2003), a memoir about how the land teaches, was shortlisted for three awards. Her poetry and essays have been published in many magazines and anthologies and have won awards.

Audrey grew up on a farm in northern Alberta and has worked as a social worker, consulting and teaching theologian, editor and project manager. In the 1980s she spent almost five years in the San Francisco Bay Area, working with Mexican migrant workers and Central American refugees as well as studying feminist and liberation theology at the Graduate Theological Union (and Franciscan School of Theology) at Berkeley.

Publisher Note

These stories about girls and women display a range of storytelling. Stylistically the stories vary with their emotional impact but throughout them all is the steady, careful pulse of Whitson’s prose often characterized by first person narration and well-researched local colour. Although a straight-ahead storyteller, her use of first-person creates an intimacy that has the reader leaning in to hear the narrators’ secrets and to bear witness to their search for personal meaning. Whether the story is told from the point of view of a small child growing up on an Alberta farm, or a young middle-class woman living in California’s saturated culture, there is an undeniable authenticity of voice that is at once intimate and honest. Evocative in her landscape details and insightful in her psychological renderings, Whitson is fully in control of her character’s spiritual journeys as she is awed by the forces that shape them.

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