Virgin Time: In Search of the Contemplative Life

Virgin Time: In Search of the Contemplative Life

by Patricia Hampl

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Virgin Time: In Search of the Contemplative Life by Patricia Hampl

"A religious cliff-hanger--intimate, compelling, hard to put down."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Eager to shake off the indelible brand of a Catholic upbringing, Patricia Hample seeks the "old world" of Catholicism. On her pilgrimage she meets others seekers--crotchety English agnostics, American Franciscan friars and nuns, and the seekers that fill every charter flight. Inevitably, too, she finds the "old world" right at home, in the very past she had tried to escape. But what she is looking for confronts her, finally, on a rereat at a monastery near the Lost Coast of northern California in the still, virgin moments of silent prayer....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345384249
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1993
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,266,599
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Patricia Hampl first stepped onto the literary scene with A Romantic Education, a Cold War memoir about her Czech heritage. Four of her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Hampl's work has appeared in The New YorkerParis ReviewGranta, The American Scholar, the New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesBest American Short Stories and Best American Essays. In 1990 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In addition, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Bush Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (twice, in poetry and prose), Ingram Merrill Foundation and Djerassi Foundation. Hampl teaches fall semesters in the English MFA program at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

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