Courts of Love: Storiesby Ellen Gilchrist
There is magic in this immensely popular collection of short stories written by a winner of the National Book Award. The first half of The Courts of Love features ex-hippie Nora Jane Whittington, one of Ellen Gilchrist's familiar characters, in tales that probe the intricate, sometimes fragile bonds between friends, family, and lovers. The stories in the second half take a delightfully different tack. Here we find a montage of different voices and perspectives -- including a bear-cub's-eye-view of the world -- all admirably intent upon resolving the unresolvable: the tension between possibility and desire, between the limitations of necessity and the infinite power of love. It is precisely the kind of literary experience that you won't want to miss.
"With her characteristic joy and charm, [Gilchrist] provides a thoughtful and complex commentary on what lies at the heart of life." (The New York Times Book Review)
- Little, Brown and Company
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Meet the Author
Ellen Gilchrist is the award-winning author of more than 20 books, including novels, short story collections, essays and poetry. Her new collection of stories, ACTS OF GOD, will be published in April 2014 by Algonquin, along with the paperback release of her novel A DANGEROUS AGE. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and teaches creative writing and contemporary fiction at the University of Arkansas.
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This collection of stories is up to the quality any fan of Gilchrist would expect. However, reading it after the events of this fall made it resonate for me in a way it probably wouldn't have if I picked it up sooner.
Having been a fan of Ellen Gilchrist for years, I found this book to be simply more of the extraordinary same...wonderful characters, larger-than-life plots, skilled and effortless writing. Gilchrist, as always, writes about not what is, but what should be.
I was enjoying this book a lot until about page 52 where the author abruptly launches into a puzzling session of what seems to me to be gratuitous and offensive bashing of Arabs and Moslems. I am a trained reader, and have reread this section several times and can find no explanation for it. I wonder what Gilchrist was thinking?