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Map of Dreams Hardcover – October 1, 2006
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Sorrows, anguish and bitter might-have-beens dominate Rickert's fitfully brilliant collection of fantasy fiction, whose title novella, according to Gordon Van Gelder's afterword, reveals a love of the natural world that wonderfully imbues the author's often enigmatic fiction. Rickert's nature is less illumined by golden daffodils than "red in tooth and claw," rife with the fierce necessary complements of birth and death, reality and dream, sanity and madness. Rickert acknowledges her "magical realism" owes a literary debt to Gabriel García Marquez, but her most powerful passages, like "Moorina of the Seals," a startling ecological hymn, and "Many Voices," the horrific exposé of a women's prison, draw on woman's strengths and weaknesses as maiden, matron and crone. "Leda" and her other subtle retellings of myth, couched in the deceptively prosaic dialogue of America's underprivileged, achieve resonances that plumb the darkest depths of human love and loneliness, and occasionally rise to "the song that both connects, and disconnects us, shared, but never owned, life."
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The tales embedded in "Cold Fires" are rich in atmosphere and imagery, and related with the authority and precision of a great storyteller. But what sets the story apart for me, what makes it a perfect story, is that it doesn't say too much.
"Cold Fires" exemplifies what I love about Rickert's writing: the lyricism, the inventiveness, the willingness to experiment and trust dream logic, the resistance to making everything come out right. Everything doesn't come out right, in life or in these stories. Rickert deals with difficult subjects: rape, genocide, the death of children. Ultimately, though, her stories affirm life. "You look up to the sunless white sky," ends the final story, "The Chambered Fruit," which I read in one breathless sitting even though it is so hard to read. "Cold snow tips your face and neck. You close your eyes, and think, yes. Oh, life. Yes."