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A Stone Bridge North

Reflections in a New Life

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June 10, 2003 | Paperback | 5 x 8, 328 Pages | ISBN 9781582432762
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"Maloy is courageous in her willingness to accept failure and imperfection as part of the process. Her insistence on leading an examined life is powerful, especially in the morally difficult times we now face." —Publishers Weekly

A middle-aged woman with a teenage son rediscovers her Quaker faith, and quits her urban life for a homestead in the woods of Vermont. A Stone Bridge North is the author’s own story of “miracles found and fears allayed” in the journey out of a confining urban existence and into a simpler, more joyous life. To tell this story fully, she must look through changed eyes at her past, at childhood anxieties, family disaffections, failed marriages, late motherhood, restless boredom, and, paradoxically, a native talent for joy. She learns that she has been guided by faith even when she thought she had none. She begins to discern purpose and design both in her stories and in the light by which she sees them-a light refracted through a Quaker lens that searches for the sacred in all people. As the four seasons turn, she celebrates the loves of her new life, family, friends, language, silence, and the extraordinary landscape of Vermont.
About Kate Maloy

KATE MALOY was born in New Jersey, but relocated at least a dozen times in childhood and even more as an adult. She now lives in Worcester, Vermont.

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“Maloy is courageous in her willingness to accept failure and imperfection as part of the process. Her insistence on leading an examined life is powerful, especially in the morally difficult times we now face.” —Publishers Weekly

“[Maloy] relies on the big themes—love, God, friendship, family, motherhood, nature, risk, silence, imagination–to propel her story, but she also concentrates on the details that led her, much to her surprise, to discover a faith, once doubtful, that eventually brings everything together.” —Booklist

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