"The Memory Garden is the tale of Nan, an amateur witch who has helped women “in trouble” in the past — we all know what that means — and of her foundling child Bey, who may have nascent supernatural abilities. Nan harbors a particularly dark secret from her girlhood, a loss which led to her choice of profession. On a weekend reunion with Nan’s childhood friends, in which they gather for a “flower feast” — literally, a feast based around floral ingredients and flavors — and exchange reminiscences that turn into accusations, the truth emerges. The novel’s plot is formed into what Rickert describes as a “spiral” structure, slowly unfurling itself. Oh, and there are ghosts around Nan’s house, who pop in and out to aid the unfurling."
Memory Garden Author Mary Rickert Interview – Flavorwire
So pleased to find a home for this Q+A with Mary, an amazing writer and person!
"When she saw the photographer again this week it would be all business. She longed to see him anyway."
The understandable pangs of a frustrated housewife in my bittersweet and satirical short story.
Sarah Seltzer: “After the Bar Mitzvah” from Joy Somewhere in the City, a Novel in Stories | WIPs
"So now Ilana was like the Jews in the desert. Free, yes, but wandering, thirsty, blistered. Worse, she had no clue where the promised land lay, if it existed."
— In the Desert | Lilith Magazine
Lilith has posted the full text of my short story!