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Holy the Firm (Paperback)
In 1975 Annie Dillard took up residence on an island in Puget Sound in a wooded room furnished with -one enormous window, one cat, one spider and one person.- For the next two years she asked herself questions about time, reality, sacrifice death, and the will of God. In Holy the Firm she writes about a moth consumed in a candle flame, about a seven-year-old girl burned in an airplane accident, about a baptism on a cold beach. But behind the moving curtain of what she calls -the hard things -- rock mountain and salt sea, - she sees, sometimes far off and sometimes as close by as a veil or air, the power play of holy fire.
This is a profound book about the natural world -- both its beauty and its cruelty -- the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dillard knows so well.