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Into the Garden of Gethsemane, Georgia

Herring, Laraine

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ISBN 10: 0985260750 / ISBN 13: 9780985260750
Published by The Concentrium, 2013
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Title: Into the Garden of Gethsemane, Georgia

Publisher: The Concentrium

Publication Date: 2013

Book Condition:Very Good

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Mrs. Abigail Fisher, the South’s Esteemed First Lady of Letters, is in a rut. Her writing career has collapsed, and she has become an embittered old woman living alone in a dilapidated house in Georgia. Only she’s not as alone as she thinks. One of her characters, Pistachio Simmons, who had been cut from Mrs. Fisher’s best-selling novel, The Garden of Gethsemane, Georgia, has returned to demand she be given the storyline she deserves. After Pistachio starts a fire in the kitchen, Mrs. Fisher is forced to summon her estranged daughter, Elise, back home. When Pistachio finds the deleted pages from her book, she begins to create her own chapters separate from the ones her author had given her. As Pistachio flourishes, Mrs. Abigail Fisher fades, and mother and daughter are forced to confront the failed plotlines of their own lives, including the one they’ve tried hardest to ignore—the story of the ghost-girl in the garden. Part magical realism, part meditation on the creative process, part old-fashioned ghost story, Into the Garden of Gethsemane, Georgia opens up the reader to the intimate world of a writer and the characters, real and imagined, who haunt her in the night.

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Into the Garden of Gethsemane, Georgia arrived after a conversation with my husband about the end of life.

"Wouldn't it be great," I said, "if my characters came for me at the end?"

That question led to more questions and soon Mrs. Abigail Fisher's voice began to whisper to me, and it turned out she wasn't in particularly good standing with the characters she'd written. One of them, in fact, had come back from the cutting room floor for revenge.

What next? How does an author make things right with the characters and stories she's been charged to carry?

This thread pulled me into an attempt to dramatize the creative process. I wanted to show the sticky and often obsessive relationships a writer has with her characters, and I wanted to show what happens when those characters take on lives of their own and demand their own endings.
I hope this story is more than a ghost story and a mother-daughter story. I hope it speaks to you about the profound and necessary power of the act of writing and storytelling to change the writer's life as well as the reader's. Our stories do indeed create our lives.

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