All Night, All Day: Life, Death & Angels
Edited by Susan Cushman
foreword by Sophy Burnham
ISBN: 978-1-956440-45-4 paperback $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-956440-46-1 ebook $9.99
There is something mystical about holding the hand of a person who is “crossing over.” It can be heartbreaking, of course, but also very holy and beautiful. Some of the pieces in this collection share the experience of personal loss when a loved one dies. Often the presence of an angel or another mystical experience is shared. But not only in death—there are also stories here of the way the mystical world interacts with us in daily life. And not only angels, but also mothers, fathers, sisters, grandfathers, friends, and even a homeless man and a dog.
Cassandra King – Suzanne Henley – River Jordan – Sally Palmer Thomason – Natasha Trethewey – Sonja Livingston – Johnnie Bernhard – Frederica Mathewes-Green – Angela Jackson-Brown – Christa Allan – Renea Winchester – Jacqueline Allen Trimble – Mandy Haynes – Wendy Reed – Lisa Gornick – Jennifer Horne – Ann Fisher-Wirth – Averyell Kessler – Lauren Camp – Cathy Smith Bowers – Nancy Dorman-Hickson – Joanna Siebert – Susan Cushman – Claire Fullerton – Julie Cantrell
What people are saying about All Night, All Day: Life, Death & Angels
All Night, All Day is a gracefully executed anthology of hope, a merciful reminder we are not alone in this world. Each story, poem, and essay: a feather knitted upon an angel’s wing.
—Robert Gwaltney, award-winning author of The Cicada Tree
All Night, All Day is an inspirational collection of personal essays, stories, and poems by outstanding women authors who write about the appearance of the divine in their lives. Some of these angels come to save a life or change a flat tire. Some appear to warn people, tell them what to do, suggest more vegetables and maybe better shoes.
They appear as a tap of intuition, a whisper, a whoosh of warmth, a rainbow, or an act of kindness. They are the stranger ministering to you in the hospital, the sound of voices singing in the attic, the sudden light at the window, the man by the side of the road. They are nurses and sometimes they are you. In this stunning anthology which explores so many heartwarming brushes with celestial beings, all these angels are messengers come to assure us we are not alone, and we are loved.
—Margaret McMullan, award-winning author of Where the Angels Lived
All Night, All Day is an anthology to be savored. This collection includes powerful first-hand accounts, interwoven with short fiction and poetry, beautifully exploring the themes of life, death, and angels. Jewels include Cassandra King Conroy’s unforgettable tale. It takes courage to write the raw truth of last moments, as Renea Winchester did in her touching story of her mother’s death titled “Waiting for Her Angel.” I loved Mandy Haynes’ heartwarming story, “Rose’s Angel” (plus, she’s a lovely person!). “The End” by Lisa Gornick is an intimate, touching tale. I shed tears over Susan Cushman’s “Hitting the Wall.” Within this collection are remembrances and memorials, which pay homage to a loved one or to a mystical experience. At the end, Claire Fullerton’s beautiful, final words offer the hope of peace. Crafting an anthology is an art. Susan Cushman has done a big topic justice—the sum of the parts is greater for having been compiled together. Savor this book…for its wisdom, humor, and truth.
—Carol Van Den Hende, award-winning author of Orchid Blooming and Goodbye, Orchid
Stories that evoke a sense of peace, reassurance, and safety, as well as strength and encouragement through reported angelic activities. These stories tell of unexpected humanity and love in the lives of those who needed affirmation of spirituality in the human world. The presence of angels is recounted through brilliant and descriptive imagery and intriguing yet identifiable characterization.
—Francine Rodriguez, award-winning author of A Woman’s Story
Life, death, and angel stories are usually only shared with those whom we trust and only during the quiet hours of our souls. Susan Cushman is the finder and sharer of these stories. She is the editor and the force behind All Night, All Day. She has collected a wide spectrum of authors and encouraged them to contribute their personal stories and poems, thereby giving us a glimpse into their souls and the unspoken truths of our universal beliefs. The reader is treated with a wide range of storytelling and writing styles each pointing a way to introspection, restoration, and healing. In the hush of a still night there is a soft beauty in the laughter and tears the reader will discover as love gently laps at the door of all the things we hold dear.
—Donna Keel Armer, author of Solo in Salento: A Memoir
Susan Cushman is author of five books—two novels, two memoirs (most recently Pilgrim Interrupted), and a short story collection and editor of three previous anthologies, including Southern Writers on Writing. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Susan lives in Memphis with her husband of 53 years. Susan has not yet seen angels in person, but she has a growing relationship with her guardian angel, who has been with her in at least two near-death experiences.
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