“Gilchrist has always excelled in delineating smart, sexy, crazy people struggling to come to terms with a legacy of beloved, bewildering progenitors.”—Kirkus
Ellen Gilchrist brings unforgettable characters to life once again in this collection of eighteen short stories sure to dazzle new and long-time fans alike.
Unplanned pregnancy, born-again Christianity, and strained sibling relationships are explored through precocious sixteen-year-old narrator Aurora Harris in “The Triumph of Reason,” “Have a Wonderful Nice Walk,” and “Witness to the Crucifixion.” Crystal and her housekeeper Traceleen feel the straining of family ties and the force of chauvinism in “Miss Crystal Confronts the Past” and “A Sordid Tale.”
Hope, laughter, and love balance tragedy in this must-read for die-hard Gilchrist fans.
“One reads this collection entertained by her distinctive prose, beguiled by her vivid characters and buoyed by the insistent touches of humor and hope that she brings to her vision of chaotic lives.”—Publishers Weekly
“When reading her stories, one can practically hear them being told to an appreciative audience as the sun drifts down to the horizon. Her latest collection will not disappoint her numerous fans.”—Booklist