Much as I would like to do nothing else but write and dwell within fiction, I feel a responsibility to write about world events – both political and cultural – that impact the people among whom I live or who live in my heart. Sometimes these two desires intersect with happy results; at other times I must set aside one in order to address the other. Sometimes I get paid for what I write, sometimes I don’t. In either case, the exercise of writing both fiction and opinion is reflective of a passionate attempt to contribute to our common human enterprise whether that is quiet, personal, public, political or all of these.

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Evocative and moving. Ru Freeman is a marvelous storyteller who sees deeply into the complex layers of compassion and love, of sorrow and betrayal. An amazing first novel.— Ursula Hegi, author of Stones From The River and The Worst Thing I Have Done