With these short stories, deeply indebted to Sufi Tales and Jataka stories (as well as to the Brothers Grimm and American folktales), Steven Nightingale offers testimonies of revelation, mischief, miracles, and grace given him by sixty-four remarkable women who've appeared in his life over time.STEVEN NIGHTINGALE
These delightful pieces combine humor and sensuality with surrealism and an oblique spirituality, and each becomes an opportunity of gentle instruction, invention, and entertainment. The book describes a spiritual pilgrimage, beautifully written, a unique offering from this wonderful writer.
is the author of twonovels and six books of sonnets, as well as numerousessays. His poetry has been widely anthologized, andhe has taught poetry in more than fifty schools anduniversities. He lives in Woodside, California, withhis family.
Praise forHot Climate of Promises and Grace:
Nightingale's transcendent collection offers 64 vignettes, with a nod to folktales, which explore the wonder, grace, and humor of life and the many paths within and around it... Inquisitive and surreal, Nightingale's imaginative tales extend into the recesses of mind and spirit as his characters grapple with life's moral and metaphysical questions. Booklist
With the concision of a poet and the expansiveness of a true storyteller, StevenNightingale has fashioned a wonderful collection of gem-like tales, all of themtold by, about, or through women around the world and across time. Their voicesare resonant, their stories incredibly varied. They bring to mind the interconnectedstories of Henri Michaux and the mosaic structure ofOne Thousandand One Nights. This is a journey of revelations to be read and reread. Nicholas Christopher, author ofOn Jupiter PlaceandA Trip to the Stars
Each woman in Steven Nightingale'sThe Hot Climate of Promises and Graceisstrong, idiosyncratic, certain, and, in mostl,