Traveling with Spirits

Valerie Miner


     Doctor Monica Murphy quits her Minneapolis medical practice to work at Catholic medical mission in a decaying hill station in northern India. There, she confronts questions about the nature of faith, religious imperialism, the troubled position of Westerners in developing countries, and the growth of individual consciousness. You will find Traveling With Spirits to be an exciting, nuanced novel about trespassing, welcoming, and the ever-precarious luck of the innocent.  


ISBN: 978-1-60489-119-5, Trade paper $18.95                     Sale $9.50


ISBN: 978-1-60489-118-8, Library binding $30                     Sale $15.00


304 pages

  About the Author: 

          Valerie Miner is the award-winning author of fourteen books. Other novels include After Eden, Range of Light, A Walking Fire, Winter's Edge, Blood Sisters, All Good Women, Movement: A Novel in Stories, and Murder in the English Department.  Her short fiction books include Abundant Light, The Night Singers and Trespassing. Abundant Light was a 2005 Fiction Finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards. Winner of a Distinguished Teaching Award, she has taught for over twenty-five years and is now a professor and artist in residence at Stanford University. She travels internationally giving readings, lectures, and workshops. She and her partner live in San Francisco and Mendocino County, California. 

                Valerie Minerís work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Triquarterly, Salmagundi, New Letters, Ploughshares, The Village Voice, Prairie Schooner, The Gettysburg Review, The T.L.S., The Womenís Review of Books, The Nation and other journals.  Her stories and essays are published in more than sixty anthologies.  A number of her pieces have been dramatized on BBC Radio 4. Her work has been translated into German, Turkish, Danish, Italian, Spanish, French, Swedish and Dutch.  In addition to single-authored projects, she has collaborated on books, museum exhibits as well as theatre. 

                She has won fellowships and awards from The Rockefeller Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The NEA, The Jerome Foundation, The Heinz Foundation, The Australia Council Literary Arts Board and numerous other sources.  She has received Fulbright Fellowships to Tunisia, India and Indonesia.

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