Trade paper -- 376 pp.
Visionary, Literary Fiction from Award-Winning Author Michelle Miller Allen
JOURNEY FROM THE KEEP OF BONES
Miller Allen interweaves the stories of four characters on spiritual quests which take place alternately in ancient Mesoamerica and contemporary New Mexico.
Named First Runner Up for Best Visionary Fiction in the National Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) 2003 Awards
"BEAUTIFUL AND MOVING"
"EXPLORING WILD TERRITORY"
De-jah and Ku-en are ancient Mesoamerican jaguar priests, and trouble is brewing in their village. Their women have finally had enough repression and are breaking serious taboos. In the chaos that ensues, rash promises are made by the jaguar priests and their women — they will return together in the future, reincarnated as the opposite sex.|
In the contemporary singles world of New Mexico, Maxine, Conner, Travis and Adrianne begin to rediscover each other and their strange connected past. With the help of Light (a Santa Fe channeler), a TV anthropologist, Motorcycle Woman, a mysterious jaguar knife, and through a series of synchronistic events, the four reincarnates become intimate, against a background of self-help pop psychology, modern relationship issues, urban tension and spiritual healing in the New Mexico desert.
In this character-driven novel of love and spirit, an interwoven journey of these souls through and beyond sex role identity takes place as a serious-but-playful exploration of Western gender relations. While these men and women struggle with their karmic attractions to and repulsions from one another, this novel carries a hopeful message; as Light tells the lovers,
"Fear is inappropriate at this time. Be prepared for love beyond your wildest dreams!"
Catherine Bean Weser, Santa Fe Channeler, responds...
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