The Imagination of the Heart: Book Seven of the Story of Sailor and Lula (Google eBook)

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Seven Stories Press, Jan 4, 2011 - Fiction - 176 pages
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The Imagination of the Heart is the final chapter in the saga of Sailor Ripley and Lula Pace Fortune, the "Romeo and Juliet of the Deep South." Their story began in Barry Gifford's novel Wild at Heart, which in 1990 was made into a Palme d'OrĖwinning feature film by David Lynch. Following Sailorís death at the age of sixty-five in New Orleans, Lula moved back to her home state of North Carolina. This novel begins fifteen years later when Lula, at age eighty, decides to write a memoir in diary form, reflecting on her life with Sailor while also keeping a journal describing her last road trip: a journey with Beany Thorn, her best friend since childhood, back to New Orleans.
Like a contemporary book of Revelations, dutifully recorded by Lula as a dialogue between self and soul, it becomes a bittersweet, often dangerous journey into the imagination of the heart, and what may lie beyond.
Also included in this edition is "The Truth is in the Work," a conversation between Barry Gifford and Noel King which delves into a range of topics, from Giffordís early publishing experiences to his film projects and to professional sports.

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It was good. The whole series is good. Not earth shattering, mind blowing but good writing, engaging story. Read full review

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The author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages,BARRY GIFFORD began as a poet and musician. His most recent prose works are†Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels,†Sad Stories of the Death of Kings, and†Memories from a Sinking Ship: A Novel. His most recent poetry collection is†Imagining Paradise: New and Selected Poems†(2012). Gifford lives in the San Francisco area and maintains a website at

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