Fiction. In this striking debut, of vivid characters and piercing situations, nothing is too insignificant for Pursell's imagination—a wren on a branch, a hole in a sock, ginger tea—and nothing too dangerous—a girl hit by a stone, a mother and daughter struggling, a lip plump with blood. Intense insights are captured in superb concentrations of prose, with lyricism and flashes of brilliant detail applied to the small wonders of the world. In a matter of a few words, a few lines resonant as in the way of music, Pursell transports us. This dazzling collection of narratives, with its precise beauty and unsparing wisdom, is a fiercely sacred book, immense in its gifts, with a long, shimmering after-effect. SHOW HER A FLOWER, A BIRD, A SHADOW has received praise from Margot Livesey, Joan Silber, Peter Orner, Glen David Gold, Antonya Nelson, Melissa Pritchard, Tom Barbash, and Molly Giles. Second edition.
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Peg Alford Pursell is the author of SHOW HER A FLOWER, A BIRD, A SHADOW, a collection of microfiction and hybrid prose, first published by ELJ Editions (March 2017). Her work has been published in The Cortland Review, Joyland Magazine, Permafrost, and many other journals and anthologies. She lives in Northern California.Author City: SANTA ROSA, CA USA