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ISBN 10: 1-
ISBN 13: 978-
Pub Date: December 2010
Price: US $14.95
Sybil Baker’s novel, The Life Plan, was published by Casperian Books in March 2009. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Transnational Literature, upstreet, and The Writer’s Chronicle. After living in South Korea and traveling extensively for twelve years, she returned with her South African husband to the United States in 2007. She earned her M.F.A. in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is currently Assistant Professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Elise understands her father—a Vietnam vet who abandoned her when she was an infant—about as much as she does her church organist mother and the rest of their suburban Virginian town. When even that thin thread of connection is suddenly severed, Elise is flung across the world, to Southeast Asia. Tracing the steps her father took through the war, Elise searches for a connection—with his ghost, with other travelers, with the foreign culture and environment she experiences. In a series of linked short stories, Talismans follows Elise’s journey to learn what she must hold onto, and what she must leave behind.
"Sybil Baker's Talismans is a contemporary Heart of Darkness."
"Sybil Baker writes beautifully, with such keen honesty."
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