Rachelle Rogers A Love Apart

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A Love Apart

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What would happen if Heloise and Abelard, the tragic 12th century French lovers, found their way back to each other today? Who might they be? What might they remember? What might be unresolved within them and between them? How might they choose to "do it differently?" In a contemporary and expansive twist on one of history's most enduring epistles of shattered love, A Love Apart tells the story of Lily, a poet, and Julian, a painter who find themselves in"no ordinary love affair."

Lily's been dreaming a young nun whose longing for a beautiful monk has filled her with inconsolable grief. Meanwhile, Julian, who moved to Asheville, NC after the death of his partner Sam, feels compelled to paint crucifixes, cathedral spires, and a monk with the look of terror in his eyes. 

Lily and Julian are inevitably drawn to one another. Their ensuing relationship weaves a timeless tapestry that both unravels the mystery of a tragic past and challenges them to understand a present passion filled with impossibility. They have help along the way. From intimate friends, from their art, from the wisdom of Lovina, an eccentric, endearing psychic who uses M&M's to talk to spirits, and from an extraordinary vision that changes everything.

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“"Informed by the classic and tragic love affair of Heloise and Abelard, A Love Apart presents in lyric language and intelligent characterization, the idea that a profound spiritual love is a force that will not be denied. Using reincarnation, magic realism, and a medium’s prescience, the novel explores that most perplexing of ideas: what makes you fall in love with someone? The story of the past love as it pertains to the present is like a literary pentimento--—time fades to reveal beneath the surface story the beautiful and tragic one written 800 years before. And in this modern time something fine and carefully crafted is salvaged from love’s sorrow.”"
—Gail Adams, author of The Purchase of Order

"“A Love Apart is an evocative and lush exploration of the internal and external landscapes of love and desire, in which the historical and contemporary intersect and intertwine in ways both surprising and intriguing.”"
—Janice Eidus, author of The Celibacy Club

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Lily, a poet, and Julian, a painter, find themselves in "no ordinary love affair." Their ensuing relationship weaves a timeless tapestry that both unravels the mystery of a tragic past and challenges them to understand a present passion filled with impossibility.
"Informed by the classic and tragic love affair of Heloise and Abelard, A Love Apartpresents in lyric language and intelligent characterization, the idea that a profound spiritual love is a force that will not be denied... The story of the past love as it pertains to the present is like a literary pentimento--time fades to reveal beneath the surface story the beautiful and tragic one written 800 years before. And in this modern time something fine and carefully crafted is salvaged from love's sorrow."
--Gail Adams, author of The Purchase of Order
 
"A Love Apart is an evocative and lush exploration of the internal and external landscapes of love and desire, in which the historical and contemporary intersect and intertwine in ways both surprising and intriguing."
--Janice Eidus, author of The Celibacy Club

About the Author:

Rachelle Rogers is a poet, writer, and author of POSSOONS, stories, and Rare Atmosphere, a memoir. She lives in Asheville, NC.

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