In these stories seers and vagabonds, addicts and gardeners succeed and sometimes fail at creating new kinds of community against apocalyptic backdrops. They build gardens in the ruins, transport seeds and songs from one world to another and from dreams to waking life. Where do you plant a seed someone gave you in a dream? How do you build a world more free of trauma when it's all you've ever known? Sometimes the seed you wake up holding in your hand is the seed of a new world.
Ursula Pflug is author of the novels Green Music, The Alphabet Stones and Motion Sickness; the story collections After the Fires and Harvesting the Moon; and the novellas Mountain and Down From. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared internationally in prestigious genre and literary publications for decades. Pflug has won small press awards in the U.S. from Dark Regions and Rose Secrest, and, in Canada, has been a finalist for the Aurora Award, the 3-Day Novel Contest, the Descant Novella Award, the ReLit Award, the KM Hunter Award, the Sunburst Award, and others. She is a Pushcart nominee. She lives in Norwood, Ontario./p
"Ursula Pflug's stories are the kind you want to carry around with you for those days when it feels like you're living in a strange and incomprehensible world; her stories will make you feel less alone. They are wondrous and unique little creatures that desire nothing more than to play fetch with your weirdest dreams. They are wild inventions built of words and sentences that dig into your psyche and send back reports about all you never knew of the world. They are sly and joyous, scary and entrancing, profound, unsettling, amusing, and utterly--perfectly!--unique. "
--Matthew Cheney, Hudson Prize winning author of Blood: Stories
"Ursula Pflug has to be one of the best short story writers I've ever read. There is no place to enter or leave an Ursula Pflug story that is not a portal to dark wonder. First you go in and find transformed worlds; then, when you come out with new vision, your own world changes as you observe it. Enter, and I promise you will be changed. "
--Candas Jane Dorsey, author of Black Wine and The Adventures of Isabel
"An extraordinary collection of magical stories that will wrap you in a timeless embrace and carry you away. Ursula Pflug's wonderfully gentle and ultimately wise insights will break your heart, bring you hope, and encourage you to seek out the enchanted portals of creativity and love that you might otherwise have missed. "
--Lisa de Nikolits, author of Rotten Peaches and The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist's Solution