- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Roundfire (29 Sept. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782798641
- ISBN-13: 978-1782798644
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.7 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,252,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gilda Trillim: Shepherdess of Rats Paperback – 29 Sep 2017
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Beautifully bizarre! I could not have taken this dizzying journey except for a master hand leading me through the surprising giggles into the even more surprising blessings of grace, wisdom and healing. I really dont think Gilda is fiction, for I fell in love with her, and as she and I both know, love is stunningly real. --Carol Lynn Pearson, author of The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy
What a mad, marvelous, and compulsively fascinating heroine Steven Peck has created in this novel - a woman who can spend a year painting pictures of an apple seed and write a novel describing the contents of a single drawer. By carefully scrutinizing these microcosmos of everyday life, Gilda Trillim (but really Steven Peck) starts to answer some of the biggest questions of all, like 'Where did God come from?', 'How do complex patterns emerge from random chaos?', and 'Why does anything even exist at all?' --Michael Austin, author of Useful Fictions: Evolution, Anxiety, and the Origins of Literature
You are one of the lucky few to be living on this very planet at a time when a physical copy of Gilda Trillim s wit and wisdom can be placed into your waiting hands. I envy the roller coaster of colorful images and wrenching emotions your mind is about to enjoy as you uncover Gilda's spunk and spontaneity as a one-handed naturalist who writes creatively, paints particularly, and has a wicked badminton return. Come with her as she susses out the meaning of love through engaging with potheads and fishheads and attempt to understand her wide-reaching philosophical musings that stretch across the cosmos and then constrict into the core of an appleseed. Even though you are not a rat (unless you are and then congratulations for getting your paws upon this scripture!) you will find much to learn about the universe and finding one s place within it. By willing the one-handed, full-hearted, and perhaps-insane Gilda Trillim into existence, Steven Peck again captures the wonder and failings of being human and the mystical connections between the natural and religious world that make life so delightfully complicated. --Emily W. Jensen, writer, blogger, and editor of A Book of Mormons
About the Author
Steven L. Peck is professor of Biology at Brigham Young University. He has published widely in academic journals, and has previously published two novels, a short story collection and a collection of speculative poetry. Peck lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah, USA.
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Objects: Characters, zany, dynamic, round, descriptive, passionate, compassionate, satirical, ironic, symbolic, uplifting, humorous, artistic, tongue-in-cheek, brilliant, nonconformist, spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, social, insane, wise, original, carefully thought out, spontaneous, unforgettable, irreverent, violent, holy, immensely entertaining.
Action: Dizzying, brilliant, mastermind, ridiculous, sagacious, heart-breaking, heart-warming, thought-provoking, utter nonsense, prodigious satire, rapier wit, speed-of-light, thoughtful, provocative, harmonious, cacophonous, flagrant, transcendent, surprising, expected, stunning.
Attribute: Openness, new point of view, edginess, generosity, unconventionality, essayish, letslookatthisthroughanewparadigm, constantly shifting perspectives, stretchy, ever growing, twists and turns, what the heck’s next? Such interesting plot changes, Darwinian, moving, thought-provoking, emotional, confusing, fascinating, over-the-top, just right.
In the manner of: A Sunday School lesson from a dream sequence. Snippets of nightmares. Moments of superlative eloquence, elevated sanctity, not sure if I love or hate many parts of it, but it is absolutely unlike anything else I’ve ever read, satirical on many levels—poking fun at academia, religious quirks, hypocrisy, college professors, conventionality, motherhood, chauvinism, any type of conventionality, philosophy, hard to tell what he’s making fun of and what he is promoting. Thank you for the adventure.
In Gilda Trillim’s epic adventures, I was distinctly reminded of the Divine Feminine — her power to save and to heal what is broken in our lives--the sacred experience with the Divine unmediated by another. This we must remember--that ritual in our lives helps us to remember. Ritual grounds experience.
After reading Gilda, I was reminded that life in all of its forms of evolving creation requires possibility and contingency, chance and selection, entropy and decay, and eventual death of various components. Ultimately, for me, Peck’s Shepherdess of Rats is a story of grace and love. And what a story it is.