Do Not Go Gentle

Do Not Go Gentle

by Ann Hood
     
 

Ann Hood was firmly rooted in the physical world— practical, realistic, and skeptical about many things in life at the cusp of the second millennium. Nonetheless, she traveled from Rhode Island to El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico to bring home a miracle for her dying father. Ultimately, Ann Hood discovered the courage to accept what had come her way, and

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Ann Hood was firmly rooted in the physical world— practical, realistic, and skeptical about many things in life at the cusp of the second millennium. Nonetheless, she traveled from Rhode Island to El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico to bring home a miracle for her dying father. Ultimately, Ann Hood discovered the courage to accept what had come her way, and an appreciation for the faith in miracles. Do Not Go Gentle is a profound journey into the nature of miracles, and one woman's revelatory reflection upon her spiritual heritage.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This small book tells the story of the search for a miraculous cure, the death of a father and one woman's reconnection with her Catholic roots. Novelist Hood (Ruby; Somewhere off the Coast of Maine) became determined to find a miracle cure when her father was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. The product of generations of Italian-American Catholics, Hood followed her penchant for the mystical, leading her to look for signs, interpret dreams and wish for a magic potion. She traveled to Chimayo, N.Mex., where the Tewa Indians believe that the mud is curative and a chapel commemorates the healing miracles that have allegedly occurred there. Hood was looking for an incantation, for anything that would make the tumor vanish. This poignant memoir of grief is also a love story: "My father," Hood writes, "was the love of my life." She loved the way he whistled, the way he smiled, even the way he carried boxes of doughnuts. Unlike many young adults who give up their youthful adoration of Dear Old Dad, Hood only grew to cherish her father more as a grown-up. As she watched him die, Hood (who had become sophisticated, started attending Unitarian and Episcopal churches and even affected a bit of a New England accent) began to "reclaim [her] heritage" of faith and family. This memoir is every bit as breathtaking as the poem after which it is named. (Dec.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312283131
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Ann Hood is the author of seven novels, including Ruby and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine (both from Picador). She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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