Sleeping With Gypsies

Sleeping With Gypsies

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Amanda has two lives: one as normal as her brother Eugene's, the other: a chronic sleepwalker who sleepwalks into the black hills where she's qadoptedq by a caravan of gypsies. There, she's empowered to protect people from the qtown stalker.q No one notices that Amanda's uncle, a singing police chief moonlighting at his greenhouse, incubates a deadly strain of locusts. When a hailstorm destroys the greenhouse, the locusts are released, and Amanda learns from the gypsies how to stop the pestilence. While still a teenager, Amanda and her painter-husband move to SoHo, New York's art mecca. Munk is her Svengali and master of drugs. After giving birth, she must take care of her erratic husband and her newborn, precipitating a psychotic break. But her fortune changes as she spies on gypsy workers in the factory next door. Why do they wear hairnets and baby blue dresses when the candy factory has long since closed? Why are they rustling through stacks of letters and bringing coffin-sized trunks into the dark recesses of the factory? Amanda's world is dangerous-her psychic gift of seeing omens in everyday occurrences shows her how to capture the love she searches for-one with consequences she could never imagine. GINNY MACKENZIE is a poet, fiction writer and translator. Her stories and novel excerpts have appeared in qNew Letters, q qCrab Orchard Review, q qWisconsin Review, q qTaarts IIIq (anthology) and the qAmerican Literary Review.q Her poetry manuscript, qSkipstone, q won the national Backwaters Poetry Award and was published by Backwaters Press. Her creative non-fiction manuscript won the University of Southern Illinois' John Guyon Award. Her poems have appeared in such magazines as qThe Nation, q qAgni Review, q qPloughshares, q qShenandoahq, the qMississippi Reviewq, the qIowa Reviewq, and qPrairie Schooner.q She is the editor and translator of two bi-lingual books by contemporary Chinese poets of the Cultural Revolution. Simon Van Booy, novelist and winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award says: qSleeping with Gypsiesq is a beautifully written book that holds the reader spellbound like a fly in amber.qTheya#39;d ring our bell, but we could see them out the window, and we never answered the door. Although Munk ... It was the height of the minimalist art movement, and Munka#39;s paintings changed drastically. He was moody and ... I stepped out of our homemade shower, shining with resolve, if not downright optimism. Munk wasanbsp;...

Title:Sleeping With Gypsies
Author:Ginny MacKenzie
Publisher:Sunstone Press - 2013-02-15


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