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This Road Will Take Us Closer to the Moon
This Road Will Take Us Closer to the Moon is a life in stories, the life of Margaret Mackenzie, a woman whom the reader comes to love. Weaving back and forth across the years, these stories invite us in, they tell us secrets, whisper mysteries, allowing us to know and feel deep joy, distinct sorrow, the silliness and rich meaning, in the living of one precious lifetime. ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published August 27th 2012 by Hawthorn Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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The writing in these stories does what good writing always does: it gives the reader more than a story, it give the reader an exacting set of eyes, an exacting language of judgment, and the faith that transcends it. Her stories make you want to live with those eyes on your life—the characters’ eyes, the author’s. They make you want to be brave and heroic and compassionate and tenacious in your own faith—regardless of what you believe in. They make you want to meet heroic people, who’ll see that ...more
A delightful read! Interesting, humorous and soulful characters. I usually shy away from short story collections but this one captured my attention as it follows the wise main character throughout the love-hate relationships of her life. This is one to read again and again as you ponder the many questions of life.
I got this book after reading one of her stories in The Sun, "You Choose." I think she's a really good writer but I didn't like this collection quite as much as I had hoped, maybe it was just how grim many of them were. I thought the last story, "Final Dispositions," was quite good.