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Product Details

  • Series: World Voices
  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Modern History Press (July 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932690921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932690927
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,646,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Death affects everyone and everyone will find a story they most relate to.
Jennifer S
The old says of "everyone handles grief differently" comes to life in these beautiful written tales.
michele tater
This is definitely a book that you'll want to read over and over again and never get bored.
Jennifer Couch

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Couch on August 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I received my copy of Ernest Dempsey's new book "The Blue Fairy and Other Tales of Transcendence" earlier this week. I was planning on reading a couple of stories per night. Well, it just didn't work out that way. After I read the first three stories, I just couldn't put it down. So as the night progressed, so did my reading. I've almost finished reading the entire book. Only a few short stories to go. Ernest has done a phenomenal job on this book. Even though the stories all focus on death in some way, they're still written very differently. This is definitely a book that you'll want to read over and over again and never get bored. It's also full of life lessons that will make you think about how you're spending your life while you're here on this earth. I can't wait to finish the book this weekend, especially if the other stories are anything like the stories that I've read thus far. This book is a definite must-have and I can't wait to see what Ernest surprises us with next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michele tater on December 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
Book Title: The Blue Fairy and other tales of transcendence
Author: Ernest Dempsey
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
ISBN: 9781932690927
Reviewed by Michele Tater for Review the Book

"Death ends a life, not a relationship."
~Robert Benchley

Even though life and death are intertwined as a everyday occurrence, most people and cultures have a fear of dying and what happens after we die. Although the death of his Aunt affected him at a very young age, the author Ernest Dempsey, has used that experience to examine the event of death from the perspective of the survivors.

In his book "The Blue Fairy" Mr. Dempsey writes 25 short stories that includes several different example of the dying and grieving process. Each story gives the reader a glimpse into people's lives when they have been touched by death and shows how they are able to handle it. The old says of "everyone handles grief differently" comes to life in these beautiful written tales. This is not a morbid or even a sad book, it is just a look into a subject few people want to talk about even when they are in the grieving process.

I found that life lessons, not necessary death lessons, are found in each story. It showed how to look at death as a part of life and living. We must be prepare for aspects of the process we will not understand, for example a need for someone to die or how someone else death was in vain. As we are not all the same in life nor are we all going to leave this life the same way. The people we leave behind are the ones that will have to come to grips with their lost while you just cease to be a part of their lives. One of the stories, was about the concept of "death" even when a person is alive.
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Dempsey's previous books are: "The Biting Age" (short stories reveling in satire and wit), "Two Candles" (poetry), and "Islands of Illusion" (poems).

Dempsey's "Blue Fairy" is dedicated to his beloved Aunt Farhana, who died at 35 in childbirth. His description of how this deeply affected him and radically changed his life forms the moving preface of the book. The book itself tells 25 stories that present us with a diverse cast of characters in a range of situations. All face the same fact of life: death.

-how one woman commemorates the death of someone who died for her.
-a surprising act of a woman about to die.
-a mourner who wishes he could stop time.
-parents who have to decide which child to save.

And...21 more. Dempsey is not sentimental, maudlin, nor too removed from his characters and their difficult situations. He presents us with a clear-eyed view of the many faces death shows us. For such a young man, this is a noteworthy achievement. My wish is that in another book Karim may write about Pakistan and the world he and his family live in there.

Janet Grace Riehl, author "Sightlines: A Poet's Diary"
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Ernest Dempsey creates a wonderful collection of short stories with "The Blue Fairy and other tales of transcendence." Each of these short stories has a theme of death, but they are not all sad and depressing and they teach life lessons. My favorite was "An Innocent Crime." Each story is different, though they share the same underlying theme, Dempsey gives each story something different. As you read through these shorty stories you will reflect on life and death. You will think of those you have lost and reflect on those who you still have in your life. I know each story brought new things for me to think about. Death affects everyone and everyone will find a story they most relate to. Stick this book in your purse or car and read them as you have time but don't expect to be able top read just one. Thank you Ernest Dempsey for creating these stories.
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I have often heard that "death is something we must all face" or some version of that, but what I assume most of us think of in hearing this, is of our own death. However I think it is also equally important to consider the other side of death, this side.

I found this book to be a vary interesting, different, and honest look at the dubious subject of death. The books collection of short stories made me present to this other, vary real side of it, of what it is to be left behind, and the sometimes rocky and strange road it is to except it. Having lost two vary important people in my own life I appreciated the rawness of Dempsey's stories. I found his characters reaction refreshingly human and his stories brutally truthful. The Blue Fairy and other tales of transcendence
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