The Alphabet Stones by Ursula PflugThe Alphabet Stones by Ursula Pflug

The Alphabet Stones

byUrsula Pflug

Paperback | September 15, 2013

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The Alphabet Stones is about three families, one of them supernatural, and how they intertwine-with each other and with the land, a moody eastern Ontario of communes, music festivals and cedar swamps; stony farms and muddy rivers. This is a story about enchantment-how the land enchants us, how we enchant one another-why it's necessary that we do, and dangerous when we don't. Like 14 year old Jody, we learn not just the names of trees and stars and birds, but also of "the gate between worlds," a place she stumbles across in a forgotten back pasture, both ordinary and powerfully mysterious."Quietly beautiful, *The Alphabet Stones* is magical and ethereal yet alsodeeply evocative of, and grounded, in place."-Jan Thornhill"Ursula Pflug's writing is the kind you want to carry around with you forthose days when it feels like you're living in a strange andincomprehensible world." -Mathew Cheney
Title:The Alphabet StonesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:228 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.52 inPublished:September 15, 2013Publisher:Blue Denim Press IncLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0988147831

ISBN - 13:9780988147836


Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Engaging Tale of Enchantment and Coming of Age I have an inclination towards novels that have titles for every chapter. It makes each chapter seem like a story in itself. However, I did a bit of a double-take when I read “Gas Station Washrooms” as the title of the first chapter of The Alphabet Stones. But it is the nature of this novel to tread the line between the everyday and the timeless, between the real and the surreal. We see through the eyes of 14 year old Jody as the lives of three families are intertwined through time and through the supernatural. “The gate between the worlds”, hidden away in a back pasture, is the hinge point – literally and figuratively – on which the novel swings The characters relationship to the land underscores their interpersonal relationships which are complex and, as is the case in real life, as often painful as they are rewarding. I am not usually drawn to novels that venture outside the bounds of reality. But The Alphabet Stones is an engaging tale of enchantment and coming of age that grows on you as the story evolves.
Date published: 2017-04-19