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Posies for Peg: Collected Quaker Stories Paperback – April 30, 2015
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About the Author
Author and historian Chuck Fager has been interested in Quakers, the Religious Society of Friends, for decades. He began exploring this interest by writing fiction about Quakers in 1977. First short stories, and then two Quaker mystery novels. When he began reading his stories to rapt audiences at a Quaker music camp annually after 1989, he resonated strongly to the atmosphere of creative exploration nurtured there. As his way of joining in, Chuck resolved to write a new story for the group each year. He has kept that vow almost without fail for the more than a quarter century he has been making these creative visits. His Quaker stories range widely over the centuries of Quaker history and experience. Their witness against slavery, their efforts to stand for peace during wars, and even their own internal disagreements and schisms are all material for Chuck’s fiction. Colorful and appealing characters, by no means all saints, are here too. The stories are suitable for readers from middle school to adult.
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Some of the nineteen stories collected here are set in the past, from 1757 well into the 1800s. Some are set in fairly recent contemporary times. And some have a paranormal element. All include intriguing plots and well-drawn characters. We meet famous Quakers from long ago like John Woolman, Lucretia Mott, and Elias Hicks. We also get a taste of Beethoven, Sherlock Holmes, the CIA, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Readers will come to understand how Quakers have dealt with various kinds of injustice: slavery, religious factions, war, prejudice against both immigrants and native peoples. But the story always comes first. For lovers of history (like me), he includes a note about each story at the end. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.