I am one of those fortunate writers who belongs to a writer’s group. Every two weeks I meet with a cast of remarkable brilliant women who share my passion for words. When I joined the group, it had been in existence for a few years and a couple of the original members had moved too far away to continue to attend. Still, I heard their names often, and they remained present in their absence. Sharon Mehdi was one of those women, and she had just published a book. I was thrilled when I heard she was going to visit us at our next meeting.
This is what I knew about Sharon then: she was bright, funny, talented, and a good friend. Her new book, The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering: A Story For Anyone Who Thinks She Can’t Save The World, was selling quite well. She had written the book for her unborn granddaughter.
The story begins like this:
On a buffety, blustery early summer day, when the news was bad and the sky turned yellow, a strange thing happened in the town where I live.
I love an irresistible beginning. She is a storyteller extraordinaire. Her book was published in several countries and is well loved.
Our writing group meets in the “upper room” of a coffee house in a small town in Oregon every second and fourth Saturday come rain, snow, extreme cold, severe heat wave, come anything! And it was in the “upper room” that I first met Sharon when she came to visit us one day. She graced us with her open smile and dancing eyes, prepared to share with us some magical new writing. I felt an immediate connection with her and so enjoyed her reading in our group that day, that despite the years that passed I can almost quote those passages by heart.
I have gotten to know Sharon since then. She led a group to a gathering in Chartres Cathedral in France this fall. I joined them. The experience changed my life. Recently, she surprised us with the news that her new book was to be published. It is the book that contains the passages I never forgot!
So today I decided to postpone Part II of I Saw Grief- I will post it later this week- to bring you the news of this book I know you will love. Her book is called A Curious Quest for Absolute Truth. Here is just a taste from her INTRODUCTION:
“I don’t know exactly how old I was the first time I set off to see the world. ‘Two years, ten months and still in diapers,’ my mother said every time she told the story. All I know for sure is that one summer nap time I crawled out of my crib, put my favorite doll and a box of Morton’s Iodized Salt in a pink cardboard suitcase and toddled off down Olive Street.”
Sharon will have some advance copies available on or about December 18th. If you order right away there is a CHANCE you may get it in time for Christmas. The price is $15.00 plus the cost of shipping from Ashland, Oregon to your address. If you are interested in a copy email me and I will tell you what you need to do. The book will be available on Amazon.com at the end of January. Don’t miss it!
To the women with whom I share the “upper room”, thank you for all you do and all you are!