Elk River Books kicks off 2013 on Wednesday, January 9, with a reading at the Pine Creek Café by Bozeman writer Connie Myslik-McFadden, a Jungian psychotherapist and non-fiction author who has just released her first novel, Imago.
“Imago is a powerful story about a mother-daughter relationship and the human longing to heal the past and transform the present,” Myslik writes. “The themes of separation and loss, reunion and reconciliation, and the right to choose how and when we die, are woven into a beautiful, multi-layered fabric that is unforgettable and whole. Imago shows how memories, dreams and imagination fill in the blanks when we don’t fully grasp the meaning of our experience.”
Calling Imago “a nuanced, memorable book that draws no facile conclusions,” Kirkus Reviews writes that Myslik trusts her readers to find their own interpretations. “Myslik-McFadden imparts a wonderful sense of place and setting, letting the readers see, feel and smell the scenes. The action is clear and vivid, but the consequences are for the reader to ponder.”
Myslik’s non-fiction books include Gathering the Soul: A True Story of Spiritual Healing. She leads wilderness retreats, writes an “Ask Connie” advice column for Natural Life News, and lives in Bozeman with her husband and two bearded collies.
Myslik will read at the Pine Creek Café beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free, but dinner reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information call 224-5802, or for reservations 222-3628.