On her eightieth birthday, Clara climbs a mountain to a remote place she loves and is struck by lightning. Just as her life slips away she is rescued by immortal beings from the faraway planet of Eliria. They carry her to their ship and heal her, not only of the effects of lightning, but also of all the ravages of aging.
When she returns to Earth, she discovers she is a beautiful young woman. She rejoices in her newfound strength, revives her career, and starts dancing again. But soon her old spirit begins to feel at odds with her new life, longing for the depth and quiet of her former days. She becomes increasingly uncomfortable in the electronic world of the 21st century, dreads to outlive her children, and is wounded by a disastrous romance with a young tango dancer.
Faced with the prospect of living her life all over again in another era, Clara wonders if the Elirians would be able to return her to her old body — and what her choice would be if they could…
|Publisher:||Dancing Aspen Press|
|Edition description:||2nd ed.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)|
About the Author
She has been a dancer since childhood, especially fascinated with the connections between healing, art, and spirit. She has explored and taught many forms: creative dance, liturgical dance, dance therapy, yoga, ceremonial dance, Rolfing® and Rolf Movement®, Continuum, and most recently Argentine Tango.
Although her career has been focused on body language, she has loved and told stories all her life. In 2007 she began to write her stories. Leaves in Her Hair was published in 2009, the first edition of Never Again in 2015,The Purest Gold in 2017, and Song of Eliria in 2019.
She is presently semi-retired from a long career of teaching dance and yoga and practicing Rolfing. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, and enjoys writing, dancing, hiking in the high country, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Special Place 9
Chapter 2 The Elirians 26
Chapter 3 Return 44
Chapter 4 Now What? 63
Chapter 5 In a Young Body 70
Chapter 6 Choice 96
Chapter 7 Zachary 105
Chapter 8 Sweet and Bitter 122
Chapter 9 The Way Home 152
Chapter 10 Birthday 168
Chapter 11 Rescue 181
Chapter 12 The Fold in Time 199
Chapter 13 Lenny 223
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is simply amazing and it should be read by everybody. I can't put it any plainer than that! We start of with Clara, an old lady in her garden, feeling all the aches and pains of being over 80-years-old. Then she starts to tell a story, which will quickly enfold you and have you completely entranced, hanging onto every word. She has a tale to tell and she won't finish until she has. This book raises some important issues, gives you questions, also gives you answers that I personally would love to be true, and makes you ponder. All of this is a good thing as far as I am concerned. I loved how she wasn't comfortable with her 'old-fashioned' values, inside the body of a younger woman. I thought Zachary was a jerk, and refused to admit that I was the same generation as him! I adored Lenny and his eyebrows. I will not give out anymore to do with the story, except to say that this book blindsided me. I honestly thought I'd just be getting a 'normal, run-of-the-mill' science fiction. What I got was a biographical account, a fascinating story that tore at my heartstrings and emotions. I loved every moment reading this and certainly didn't want it to end, especially not once it became clear what would happen at the end. A fascinating concept, executed with perfection, and definitely one to keep. Absolutely recommended. (ps, don't forget the kleenex) Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Transformation, a metamorphosis that reaches beyond the natural order of things, excites the imagination and puts into focus the wonder and beauty of that natural order - the deep pool of existence that exceeds our vision. Dreams carry us to new places and new possibilities which expand our thinking and challenge our expectations. Never Again, by Heather Starsong, gives voice to these fundamental mysteries of human life with all its faults, anxieties, and exultations.