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Women of the Catholic Imagination

Women of the Catholic Imagination

Twelve Inspired Novelists You Should Know

Edited by Haley Stewart

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There is no lack of talented women in the Catholic literary tradition. Yet these brilliant writers are often unfamiliar to today’s readers, or, if widely read, their Catholic identity is unrecognized. This collection introduces a dozen Catholic women novelists from the past two hundred years, presenting their fascinating lives, spiritual biographies, and sacramental vision in essays by twelve Catholic scholars and writers.

Edited by Haley Stewart and with a conclusion by bestselling author Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera, Women of the Catholic Imagination encourages the expansion of the Catholic literary canon by bringing these inspired writers back into the spotlight, laying the foundation for the reader’s discovery (or rediscovery) of their masterful works.

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Publisher: Word on Fire
ISBN: 978-1-68578-096-8
Binding: Paperback
Page count: 200
Dimensions: 15.24 x 22.86 (cm)
Thickness: 1.52 (cm)
Language: English
Release date: Jun 10, 2024
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About the Editor

Haley Stewart is the Editor of Word on Fire Votive and the award-winning author of The Sister Seraphina Mysteries, a series for young readers. Haley and her husband have four children and live in Florida.

What People are Saying

“This new collection of essays on an exemplary group of Catholic writers, all women, includes many of the most distinguished authors of the early-twentieth-century literary revival and some of our greatest contemporaries. Readers will find terrific introductions to established greats such as Undset, Spark, and Godden as well as some of the first explorations of the theological depths of contemporaries such as Morrison, McDermott, and Tartt. What a perfectly imagined, timely, and exciting book.”

— James Matthew Wilson, Author of Saint Thomas and the Forbidden Birds

“When Women of the Catholic Imagination: Twelve Inspired Novelists You Should Know arrived in my inbox, I was pleasantly surprised to find that all twelve of the women writers featured are future considerations for Well-Read Mom selections. This treasured resource will acquaint readers with literary gems that are waiting to be discovered once again.”

— Marcie Stokman, President and founder of Well-Read Mom​

“A terrific volume that demonstrates the way Catholicism has informed and in turn been enriched by the imaginative works of a number of female authors, most of whom have been unduly neglected. Correcting that injustice, these elegantly written essays invite readers to explore texts that deepen our appreciation of the great mysteries of human life: good and evil, despair and hope, tragedy and redemption.”

— Thomas Hibbs, J. Newton Rayzor Sr. Professor of Philosophy and Dean Emeritus, Baylor University ​

“Each essay in this book beams a light on a Catholic luminary who may have been overshadowed by her male contemporaries. Now, thanks to this book, the brilliant women of the Catholic imagination shine forth. Reading this collection not only introduces you to more friends in the Church but also extends your reading list!”

— Jessica Hooten Wilson, Author of Flannery O’Connor’s “Why Do the Heathen Rage?”: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Work in Progress

“This exciting collection of essays on the life and work of Catholic female literary figures calls out not only to Roman Catholic readers, but to those who are interested in the way that literature can evoke those truths we find it difficult to speak about without the help of story, and the legacy of women throughout history who have done just that.”

— Joy Clarkson, Author of Aggressively Happy and You Are a Tree

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