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"[Annabelle] is fragile in the way that Kafka’s protagonists are fragile... unlike Kafka’s stories, Nancy Christie’s tales are always beautiful." - Morrow Wilson
"This spellbinding short story will mesmerize the reader with powerful character development and a tale sadly familiar to many women. It’s hard to imagine anyone who will not read this excellent book through on the first attempt."
~ Charles S. Weinblatt, NY Journal of Books
We all have our fantasies—our hopes and dreams of what we want our future to be. But what happens when our fantasies are based on an erroneous interpretation of past events, when our hopes and dreams are so far from reality that they prevent us from having any kind of a normal life? A lonely young woman, all Annabelle wants is to love and be loved. But the twin emotions of fear and guilt, from a passion born on a summer day so many years ago, hold her fast.
In the short story Annabelle, author Nancy Christie paints a lyrical portrait of a young woman, the daughter of a painter and his devoted model. Their obsession with the creation of art binds the family and twists the soul of a child.
"This tiny pearl of a story (read in one sitting) grabbed my attention from the first page....
A very quick but potent read." ~ Robin Baum
"...lush, descriptive and powerful" ~ Julie WhiteleyThe cover painting is by Mark Webber.
About Nancy Christie
Nancy Christie’s essays and fiction can be found on the pages of magazines as diverse as Full of Crow, Fiction365, Red Fez, Wanderings, The Chaffin Journal, Woman's Day, Experience Life, Tai Chi, Writer's Digest and Xtreme. Christie’s book, The Gifts of Change (Beyond Words/Atria), explores ways to make the most out of life’s challenges. She is currently working on several book projects: a novel, a short story collection and a book for writers.
A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Christie writes articles for print and online publications as well as handles copywriting for corporations and marketing/advertising firms. She also teaches writing workshops at writing conferences and schools across the country and hosts the monthly Monday Night Writers group in Canfield, Ohio. You may connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or her blog.