From Library Journal
Compiled by Dyja (Play for a Kingdom), a series editor for Illumina Books, the fiction and nonfiction selections in this anthology of "epiphanies" deftly capture many varieties of intellectual, emotional, and spiritual unfolding. Anne Lamott's excerpt from Traveling Mercies chronicles a descent into an alcohol- and drug-induced hell, while Henry James's classic novella Beast in the Jungle uses spare language to recount a man's painful realization that he has spent decades awaiting a seismic life event that has in fact come and gone. Elsewhere, a Flannery O'Connor protagonist evolves from sharp-tongued hypocrite into a bizarre Southern vision of racial and social unity. Also included are excerpts from Joyce's Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man and Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich. Every now and then a truly useful anthology appears, and this is one; readers are sure to find both solace and good-natured humor among the many viewpoints represented. Susan A. Zappia, Paradise Valley Community Coll., Phoenix, AZ
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is an editor at Balliett & Fitzgerald. She lives in New York City