THE HIDDEN LETTERS OF VELTA B.
A fantastically touching and poetic story about family relationships, THE HIDDEN LETTERS OF VELTA B. is a story within a story. Inara is dying, and during her last moments on earth she shares her grandmother Velta's letters with her son, Maris, named after his uncle. Young Maris-who has the gift of near-ultrasonic hearing thanks to a pair of remarkably large and fuzzy ears— learns of the sacrifices made by his family, Latvians who must learn to share their country with an influx of immigrants. "Artful in Inara's beautifully realized voice and in the characters Ochsner brings to vivid life," (Booklist) THE HIDDEN LETTERS OF VELTA B. is utter magic.
Shadow & Light: Literature and the Life of Faith, 2nd Edition
Including Ochsner's fairy tale of faith "Song of the Selkie".
Writers - poets and novelists, playwrights and bards - have always been essential witnesses to the ambiguities…the all-encompassing mysteries of birth and death, primary witnesses to matters of God and the soul. Unfortunately many of these witnesses have been sidelined in the curricula of our schools for the last fifty or so years, depriving us of ready access to the very language that is essential for living humanly. thanks to this new edition of Shadow & Light they are back on the playing field, taking their rightful place as witnesses to unexpurgated life.' - Eugene Peterson, Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC
Pleased to Be Otherwise
The Ploughshares Solo series allows us to publish long essays and stories in a digital format. Timi, a boy in Uzbekistan, navigates a strange world of camel breeding, half-understood Islamic doctrine, Mexican soap operas dubbed into Uzbek, and the legacy of widespread pollution from the Soviet era, all while dreaming of doing death-defying stunts on his rickety motorcycle.
Lonely and accident-prone, Timi befriends an American humanitarian worker in a struggling marriage, tries to avoid his father's frequent rages, and plans out the astonishing motorcycle jump that will give meaning to his life. A brilliant, comic look at an almost unknown country and its fascinating contradictions.
The Spirit of food: 35 Writers on Feasting and Fasting
You are invited to a feast for the senses and the spirit! Thirty-four adventurous writers open their kitchens, their recipe files, and their hearts to illustrate the many unexpected ways that food draws us closer to God, to community, and to creation. All bring a keen eye and palate to the larger questions of the role of food--both its presence and its absence--in the life of our bodies and spirits. Their essays take us to a Canadian wheat farm, a backyard tomato garden in Cincinnati, an organic farm in Maine; into a kosher kitchen, a line of Hurricane Katrina survivors as they wait to be fed, a church basement for a thirty-hour fast; inside the translucent layers of an onion that transport us to a meditation on heaven, to a church potluck, and to many other places and ways we can experience sacramental eating. In a time of great interest and equal confusion over the place of food in our lives, this rich collection, which includes personal recipes, will delight the senses, feed the spirit, enlarge our understanding, and deepen our ability to "eat and drink to the glory of God."
The Necessary Grace to Fall
Gina Ochsner's first collection, The Necessary Grace to Fall, won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by the University of Georgia Press.
The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight
"Heartbreaking and funny and deeply moving, this beautifully wrought novel matters from first word to last..."