The Epilogues – the stories that begin as the story of the human tenancy on Earth draws to a close – is a transcendently beautiful, compassionate, and wise reflection on the human condition. This is the book I have been waiting for all these bewildering years; the first book I have found that offers beauty to match the wonder of the vanishing world, comfort equal to our anguish, and wisdom worthy of the questions we face. The Epilogues comes as a gift of grace.
– Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Earth’s Wild Music
Barbara Hurd writes with a grace born of patience, experience, intelligence, insight, and a poet’s sensibilities. Like all the best storytellers, she interlaces observable realities with narrative myth and explores the overlapping spaces between, rupturing the false membrane that separates deep time from the present, the microscopic from the telescopic, the terrestrial from the subterranean. It is this oxymoronic vision that allows Hurd to hold seeming contradictions in the same space while also holding space for our fears about the future of our planet. Both lyric lament and ecstatic celebration, The Epilogues is a metamorphic and sometimes surreal meditation on what it means—and what it takes—to be human and to survive the pending destruction, transformation, and potential reconstruction of all that sustains us.
– Kim Barnes, author of In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country