You Can Always Change Your Mind
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Welcome to the wonderful universe of You Can Always Change Your Mind. In these twenty-six quietly wild inventions, Linda Barnes-Aaron concerns herself with family ties, the magnetic power of the sea, the wisdom of animals, and the looming obliterations of all we hold dear. Yet these stories instruct us that love and redemption are always at hand in the unlikeliest of guises.
A charming, whimsical and fierce sensibility is at work and at play in these compelling stories. The porous boundary between civilization and wildness characterizes these dreamlike inventions and meditations on memory. In the tradition of Gina Berriault and Angela Carter, yet in Barnes-Aaron’s own inimitable style, these are lovely stories, magical and enduring.
Maud Casey, author of The Man Who Walked Away
Linda Barnes-Aaron writes from the edge of whimsy, the precipice of desire, and the belly of all things human. Immersed in her words, I see paintings. From within these paintings, I see light, feel texture, and taste that which is delicious. You Can Always Change Your Mind is a gift to our senses.
Alice Barber, author of Blue Butterfly Open