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Mari Mann

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in Portsmouth, VA, The United States




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Mari Mann was born in 1960 in Portsmouth, VA., and, after much moving around with her military family, grew up mostly in southeastern Virginia and spent twelve years working on a horse ranch and a farm there. A committed reader from childhood, she now works and writes next to woods and gardens and animals in Knotts Island, North Carolina, where she moved after marrying her husband, Rod Mann, a photographer with works in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. They have traveled together to Paris, as well as Italy, Spain and Andorra and across the US several times. Her first novel, Parisian by Heart, was a quarter-finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award in 2011. Her lifelong interest in ancient history, native cultures and art has led her ...more

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“And suddenly the memory returns. The taste was that of the little crumb of madeleine which on Sunday mornings, when I went to say good day to her in her bedroom, my aunt Léonie used to give me, dipping it first in her own cup of real or of lime-flower tea…And as soon as I had recognized the taste of the piece of madeleine soaked in the decoction of lime-blossom which my...

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Stories from the Other World (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Written from the perspective of a both a hungry reader and a lucid dreamer who has gone out into the world and experienced many of those dreams in life, Mari Mann also brings a flesh and blood reality to her writing that is her own. In these four short stories, she takes her readers into that Other World, the one that we feel as children and dream of as adults, and brings them back again, changed by the experience. “Beyond” the rainbow is a world we are all familiar with in our Technicolor dreams. But when a little girl arrives on a flat, gray farm carrying tales of that place, the consequences are not quite as we dreamed them. “Carry Me Home” is set in a summer camp where carefree kids happily spend their days canoeing, swimming and riding horses. Matt Harper, age nine and at the camp against his wishes, is not one of those kids. On a horse for the first time, Matt is in for the ride of his life. “The Wheel of Fortune” finds a group of women on an idyllic island on the night of a full moon, gathered together to play bridge and gamble the night away. Amanda Arrington basks in her success in bringing them all there, until a man in winged shoes arrives to offer them the final bet. “Being a Ghost Story of Christmas” begins in the familiar world of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” but, just as Scrooge begins to live his new life, Jacob Marley and the Spirits return from that other world…this time for Tiny Tim.
Parisian by Heart (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A longing for Paris, France, leads a budding writer into her past lives to discover the genesis of this desire. Her guides on this journey include the famous French writer Marcel Proust, author of In Search of Lost Time and his companion Celeste, novelist Colette, the inimitable Charles Dickens, tortured artist Vincent van Gogh and a demon named Samael. She will visit Versailles at the time of the French Revolution, ride in a horse-drawn carriage down the Champs-Elysees at the height of the glittering Belle Epoch, watch van Gogh paint a masterpiece under the hot sun of Arles and finally, travel to the Paris of today. Like a precious artifact long buried, the past is uncovered and its influence on the present is unearthed through this journey of discovery and revelation.

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“If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less, but to dream more, to dream all the time.”
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“I feel that there is much to be said for the Celtic belief that the souls of those whom we have lost are held captive in some inferior being, in an animal, in a plant, in some inanimate object, and thus effectively lost to us until the day (which to many never comes) when we happen to pass by the tree or to obtain possession of the object which forms their prison. Then they start and tremble, they call us by our name, and as soon as we have recognised them the spell is broken. Delivered by us, they have overcome death and return to share our life.

And so it is with our own past. It is a labour in vain to attempt to recapture it: all the efforts of our intellect must prove futile. The past is hidden somewhere outside the realm, beyond the reach of intellect, in some material object (in the sensation which that material object will give us) of which we have no inkling. And it depends on chance whether or not we come upon this object before we ourselves must die.”
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