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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Eio Books (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975925571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975925577
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,596,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ki Longfellow, born on Staten Island, New York, to a French-Irish mother and an Iroquois father, grew up in Hawaii and Marin County, California, but ended up living in France and England for many years. She is the widow of a British national treasure, the complete artist Vivian Stanshall.

In England, she created and sailed the Thekla, a 180 foot Baltic Trader, to the port of Bristol where it became the Old Profanity Showboat. It remains there today as a Bristol landmark. On it, she and Vivian wrote and staged a unique musical for the sheer joy of it. "Stinkfoot, a Comic Opera," garnered a host of delighted, if slightly puzzled, national reviews. The Old Profanity is on its way to becoming "The Last Showboat," film.

Her first book, "China Blues," was the subject of a bidding war. "China Blues," and her second novel, "Chasing Women," introduced Longfellow to Hollywood... a long hard but ultimately fascinating trip. ("China Blues" was reissued by Eio Books in 2012.)

When Vivian died in 1995, Ki stopped writing, living on Standing Room Only Farm in Vermont. Time may not heal, but it tempers. Eventually Ki began writing again, but her subject became the moment at age 19 that informed her life... a direct experience with the Divine. She chose the figure of Mary Magdalene to tell that tale in her novel "The Secret Magdalene." Nancy Savoca, a brilliant independent film maker (winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize with her first film, "True Love") traveled all the way to Vermont to option the book as her next film.

Ki's second book on the Divine Feminine is "Flow Down Like Silver," a novel about the numinous and gifted Hypatia of Alexandria, a tragically ignored historical figure of towering intellect who searched through intellect for what the Magdalene knew in her heart.

Recently, a huge departure from her all she'd written before, Longfellow found herself writing a tale of supernatural horror called "Houdini Heart." This book was selected by the Horror Writers of America as one of a handful of books to be considered for their 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel.

In the Spring of 2013 the first three titles of her Sam Russo noir murder mystery series was published by Eio Books: "Shadow Roll," "Good Dog, Bad Dog," and "The Girl in the Next Room."

She's at work on the third and last book in her Divine Feminine series. Meant to be one thing, it's become quite another thing. Writers may think they know what they're going to write, but they can be very wrong.

She lives wherever she finds herself. Currently that's a sailboat in Puget Sound.

Official website ~ www.kilongfellow.com

"The Secret Magdalene" ~ www.thesecretmagdalene.com

"Flow Down Like Silver" ~ www.flowdownlikesilver.com

"Houdini Heart" ~ http://eiobooks.com/houdini/

"China Blues" ~ https://www.createspace.com/3780416 and
http://www.amazon.com/China-Blues-Ki-Longfellow/dp/0975925571/ref=sr_1_21?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331228815&sr=1-21

For the author's facebook fan page ~ www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Ki-Longfellow/134989848786

Longfellow twitter ~ https://twitter.com/#!/KiLongfellow

Blogging away ~ http://kilongfellow.wordpress.com/

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M.D. Johns on November 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
I stumbled upon the original book at the library about 10 years ago and was immediately taken in by the setting and the era, as well as the author's style of writing.

This is a story of a spoiled and willful young matron/socialite with a climber for a husband. Lizzie is shallow, self-absorbed and self-centered. How she grows and begins to develop into a different person is the thread that runs through this story of Chinese gangs, prostitutes, and others of shady means who inhabit the underbelly of San Francisco during Prohibition.

I adored this book, and now own an old hardcover copy. Read it along with Shirley Streshinsky's "A Time Between," also an incredible novel of San Francisco in the 1920s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amble Hollenhorst on March 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Set in 1920s San Francisco, this story is a glorious mix of mob politics, personal drama and romantic entanglement. Characters spring from the page fully realized and intreguing. Longfellow is a true master of her craft.
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