Made Holy: Essays


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University of Georgia Press
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5.4 X 0.7 X 8.4 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

EMILY ARNASON CASEY is a faculty member at the Community College of Vermont. Her work has been published in Hotel Amerika, American Literary Review, the Normal School, and other journals.


Each [essay] is an intricate, layered masterwork of observations and reflections, baring intimate aspects of Casey's being and braiding events, emotions, scenes, and concepts together with lustrous and controlled prose. Personal existence yokes to nature and the outdoors, including the woodlands of Minnesota and of Burlington, Vermont, and the collection brims with gorgeous descriptions of flora and settings. The effect is mesmerizing. . . . Contemplative and lyrical, Made Holy is a powerful personal essay collection.--Amy O'Loughlin "Foreword Reviews, starred review "
The essays in Emily Arnason Casey's Made Holy are ripe with imagery, lyricism, and honest reflection. Traversing the landscape of memory, her childhood in Minnesota, her family's history of illness and addiction, her journey into adulthood and motherhood, Casey leads readers into the blue rooms of loss and the open spaces of the natural world around her. Individually these essays contain their own light and shadow, as a collection, they coalesce as eulogy, an homage to the complexities of time, memory, and the nature of human experience. Casey's prose is rich with nuance and wonder and reveals her rare ability to both interrogate and nurture longing. This book is as much a prayer for the fractured as it is a meditation on the sacred.--Jericho Parms "author of Lost Wax "
The essays in Emily Arneson Casey's Made Holy read like so many intimate conversations. Or confessions. Or exultations. Whether the subject is loss, addiction, regret, or hope, she is unflinching and wise and gentle. I'll reread this book over and over in the same way and for the same reasons I read Mary Oliver and Marilynne Robinson.--Peter Geye "author of Wintering "