Reviews and Blog Posts: mysticism

The visionist : a novel

by Rachel Urquhart

DPL Rating:
4

In this meticulous debut novel, Polly Kimball sets fire to her home, killing her father, in order to escape his abuse.  She finds shelter in a Shaker community not yet blessed with a Visionist during the Era of Manifestations, as extraordinary visions were sweeping across Shaker communities in the Northeast. ...

No star too beautiful : Yiddish stories from 1382 to the present

by Joachim Neugroschel

DPL Rating:
4

Fans of short story anthologies and Yiddish (and who isn't), will enjoy this survey of from 1382 to 2000. Rich with imagery and human foibles, the stories introduced me to a literary world I had not visited before.

The gargoyle

by Andrew Davidson

DPL Rating:
4

How much does truth matter?  And, if it does matter, how do you define it?  Truth is the theme of The Gargoyle, a remarkable first novel.  We meet our nameless narrator on a cocaine high, driving too fast and hallucinating.  His inevitable, catastrophic wreck leads to horrific burns and a...

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