Orison Books is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of The Long Weeping: Portrait Essays by Jessie van Eerden. The Long Weeping will be published in fall, 2017.
ABOUT THE LONG WEEPING
In this collection of portraits, the eye is the vital “lamp of the body,” a spiritual organ van Eerden uses to craft essays that are as much encounters as they are likenesses, as much being seen as seeing. Historical subjects like Simone Weil and the Beguines confront the author’s imaginative and intellectual being, while the viscerally close foci of family and a lost marriage must also be reckoned with. The author’s religious tradition and the rural landscape of Terra Alta, West Virginia are two backgrounds that are neither chosen nor fully understood, but van Eerden’s attention to these matters becomes its own form of devotion, a longing to see and to believe—the longing itself taking on the robustness of faith. This is the common goal of these essays, to fully meet each subject and return to it some form of wholeness, a quest full of lush imagery and insights.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jessie van Eerden is the author of two novels, Glorybound (WordFarm), recipient of the 2012 Editor’s Choice Fiction Prize from ForeWord Reviews, and My Radio Radio (Vandalia Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in The Oxford American, Image, Cimarron Review, The River Teeth Reader, and Best American Spiritual Writing, among other places. Van Eerden recevied an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa in 2007 and was awarded the 2007-2008 Milton Fellowship at Image and Seattle Pacific University for work on her first novel. She currently directs the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. For more information, please visit www.jessievaneerden.com.