The Stones Speak is the story of three people, a man and two women who come to recognize that choosing to remain emotionally closed is ultimately more painful than taking the risk to open their hearts. Their choices show how pushing through past events and healing old wounds can catalyze authentic and intimate relationships.
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Nancy King tells stories and conducts storymaking workshops in the USA and abroad. An active member of PEN, she writes, weaves, and lives in Santa Fe, NMReview:
Nancy King of Santa Fe is a weaver of stories and tapestries.
In her 10th book and newest novel, The Stones Speak, King tells of a woman named Naomi who is much like the author: She teaches creative writing.
''She does what I do: She tells them stories and has them paint and sculpt as a way for them to discover their voices, as a way of discovering 'inside out,' '' King said in a phone interview.
Nonetheless, Naomi has ''resolutely closed the door and locked it on her own story. The novel is about what happens when you find the wherewithal to give thrust to your own experience in a way that is honest and without excuses or defenses,'' the author said.
''It's a very hard thing to do, especially if what you're trying to conceal is painful. I believe the only way we grow as human beings is to open these doors and look at who we are as well as who we want to be.''
The other principal character in the book is Priscilla, a longtime friend of Naomi's; the story is also about their friendship.
Their friendship is tested when a man named Paul and his dog Beadle come into this mix.
When King was writing the manuscript, she said, Beadle insinuated himself in the novel ''and would not get out. He came with a name, a personality and a clear preference for what the dog wanted for himself.
I tried to put that dog out of my novel, but that dog would not be put out.''
So the author graciously yielded to Beadle's insistence. In fact, she gave the canine a key role in the story.
''That dog became the catalyst for the three (human) characters,'' she said.
King contended that the media and literature don't treat older women accurately or respectfully, an attitude that she tries to fix with her treatment of Naomi and Priscilla.
''They're supposed to be grandmothers or mothers, as portrayed by the media,'' she said. ''But in fact we're human beings. We have sexual drives, intellectual drives, emotional lives, and our lives are interesting and fully compelling as any 20-year-old.'' --David Steinberg, Albuquerque Journal, February 7, 2010
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