Virtual Author Event - Anne Leigh Parrish
In sixteen short stories and a novella, award-winning author Anne Leigh Parrish explores the magic of life, love, and the soft boundary between fact and fantasy. In What Nell Dreams, you'll find fiction that lifts off from reality and startles you into recognition. The wife of an artist disappears under mysterious circumstances; a woman has the gift of taking away sorrow; another finds inner strength through writing poetry; and a great-grandmother spends the day sitting on a folding chair in a grocery store parking lot, contemplating the nature of the human heart. Women are the foundation of this collection, as in so many of Parrish's writing, and it's their unique issues that hold sway. Marriages gone bad, violent men, and children who disappoint weave through settings and scenes with fine dramatic tension. Loneliness, often a thing to be avoided at the cost of one's self-esteem, becomes embraced as a source of strength. Quiet souls make themselves heard, and the timid prevail. The underdog doesn't always win, and more often than not learns to accept what cannot be changed. Literary fiction at its best, What Nell Dreams is Parrish's eighth book of fiction. Kirkus Reviews calls the tales ". . . wonderfully worthwhile, courtesy of an indelible voice that leaves a lasting impression."
Parrish has won numerous awards and honors for her writing. She has been married for many years to her fine, wise, and witty husband, and they have two adult children. Since 1982, she has called the Pacific Northwest home.
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