Arms by Madeline SonikArms by Madeline Sonik


byMadeline Sonik

Paperback | April 1, 2002

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We are mesmerized, enthralled. A young, armless girl, tangled in the brutal arrowhead wire of glistening ivy, stares with dead eyes. If I had arms, I would embrace my shaking body. I would lift my hands to my face, cover my eyes, hold the aching scream in my mouth.

Combining Wiccan ritual magic, Gnosticism, alchemy and of course Madeline Sonik's dazzling writing and storytelling, this magic-realist novella relates the story of a young woman who loses her arms in a freak home-accident and embarks on a quest for them in an absurdly complex and callous world. Sonik's gripping prose leads us through new but eerily familiar surroundings as the heroine follows an extraordinary path of enchantment, marriage, agony, ridicule, ritual and self-realization.

Arms is both a work of fiction and a magical text of healing, and as such is the first work of its kind to be published in North America. It was written, originally, as a black cord dissertation for the 13th House Mystery School and as a transformational incantation to assist those who read it in the recovery and rebirth of the creative imagination. Arms is a rare story with a powerful fairy-tale, classical element that will prevent it from escaping the reader's mind and will coax re-reading for even the squeamish and the skeptical.
Madeline Sonik's first collection of short fiction, Drying the Bones, was released by Nightwood Editions in 2000. She is the co-editor of the recently released anthology Entering the Landscape (Oberon) and in 1998 identified a new direction in Canadian writing with the anthology Fresh Blood: New Canadian Gothic Fiction (Turnstone Press...
Title:ArmsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 6.5 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:April 1, 2002Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:088971181X

ISBN - 13:9780889711815

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Editorial Reviews

CAPraise for Sonik's previous work:Wow. Madeline Sonik's first collection of stories is an amazing debut. Twenty-five luminous, dense, provocative and heart-wrenching stories take readers all over the map of human emotion. Love, hate, sex, racism, madness are placed on the pages with exquisite precision, lifting the ordinary into the realm of myth, and making the story itself an icon of life A short review cannot possibly do justice to this book. It has far too much excellent content and stunning writing ... just go get it and read it.--Candace Fertile, The Times Colonist (Victoria)It is Sonik's firm grounding of stories in a single image that distinguishes her from most other fiction writers ... Sonik's stories assume a refreshing variety of tones ... I would highly recommend this book to readers of fiction.--John Fell, The Antigonish Review