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Selected as New York Times Notable Book in 1986, The Flame Bearers , a mythical tale of madness and magical portents, is the story of an ancient Goddess worshiping sect and its claims on a contemporary woman. Fiercely independent, Rae Shadmi, has worked hard to divorce herself from her strange, proud family a family dominated by Rae s grandmother, the leader of a mysterious spiritual group of women called The Flame Bearers, whose legendary rights, mystical knowledge and age-old tales have been handed down from mother to daughter over centuries. But now the old matriarch is dying and Rae is summoned back to San Francisco, where she must find the courage to accept or reject her grandmother s legacy. Rae s spiritual journey leads her to confront her own spiritual ambivalence, and awaken to the sacred powers within her.
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Kim Chernin, Ph.D. has won acclaim for her numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including The Obsession, In My Mother s House (Nominated for Chronicle Critics Award and Chosen as Alice Walker s Favorite Book of the Year in 1983 New York Times), The Flame Bearers (1986 New York Times Notable Book) and National Best Seller The Hungry Self.From Library Journal:
The Flame Bearers is an occult sect of Jewish women in whom "the sacred spark is burning so hot they could call the whole world into fire" but who can also transform the sparks into "compassion to heal." The sparks are handed down from generation to generation of the Shadmi women. Rae has been chosen as this generation's leader of the sect, but she is torn between family tradition and her modern Western life. Time plays tricks with Raeand the readertransporting both to various points in the past, and the transitions can be confusing. In In My Mother's House ( LJ 5/15/83), Chernin dealt with intergenerational conflicther ownin a more straightforward and yet powerful way. Here, the flame of her considerable talent has carried her into another dimension, one that readers may have difficulty entering. Recommended for comprehensive fiction collections. Marcia G. Fuchs, Guilford Free Lib., Ct. Cixous, Helene. Inside.
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