- Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: Apprentice House (July 1, 2016)
Christine Hale grew up amid abuse, depression, dysfunction, alienation and isolation—her mother’s, but also, because her view was the lens that controlled the family—her own, her father’s and her two sisters’. She became a writer, a prodigal daughter, a single parent, a Buddhist disciple, and, late in midlife, a newlywed. In this non-linear memoir, she meditates upon the broken path she’s traveled: two divorces, an abandoned career, too much solitude, an unconventional and transformative relationship with a female spiritual teacher, and two children lost to young adulthood but recovered, in part, through an odd ritual of repeated tattooing.
“Christine Hale’s A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice is an exquisite engagement with those tough human questions that must be asked even if they can never be answered. Hale writes toward acceptance, every page brimming with honesty, insight, and deep understanding. A truly beautiful meditation in lovely, lively prose.”~ Dinty W. Moore, author of The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life
Christine Hale’s prose has appeared in Hippocampus, Arts & Letters, Prime Number, Shadowgraph, and The Sun, among other literary journals. Her debut novel Basil’s Dream (Livingston Press 2009) received honorable mention in the 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Hale has been a finalist for the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers and the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. Presently, she teaches in the Antioch University-Los Angeles Low-Residency MFA Program as well as the Great Smokies Writing Program. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
Connect with Christine at her Website.
Christine Hale’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, August 1st: A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
Tuesday, August 2nd: Savvy Verse and Wit – author guest post
Wednesday, August 3rd: Readaholic Zone
Thursday, August 4th: Run Wright
Tuesday, August 9th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Thursday, August 11th: Dreaming Big – author Q&A
Monday, August 15th: Back Porchevations
Wednesday, August 17th: Beck List
Thursday, August 18th: Write Read Life
Friday, August 19th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Monday, August 22nd: Bibliophiliac
Friday, August 26th: A Book A Week – author guest post
Monday, August 29th: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Friday, September 2nd: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, September 15th: Good Girl Gone Redneck