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TRAVELING WITH SPIRITS
A Novel by Valerie Miner
Livingston Press, September 2013
Traveling With Spirits is a exciting, nuanced novel about an unpredictable journey across continents, cultures and values.  This is a story of deep, abiding friendship, surprising romance, political conspiracy, physical challenge and emotional courage.   Monica Murphy quits her Minneapolis medical practice to work at Catholic medical mission in a decaying Indian hill station in Uttar Pradesh.  She confronts challenges to her faith, her intentions and about the nature of her contributions.   Once again Valerie Miner tackles serious political and moral questions while exploring her characters’ lives with wit, compassion and verve.  Miner is the author of 14 books.  She teaches at Stanford University.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR TRAVELING WITH SPIRITS
“Traveling with Spirits is a provocative, engaging odyssey through northern India and the U.S. Midwest.  Valerie Miner is brave enough to ask tough questions about religion, politics, and international aid, generous enough to acknowledge human goodness alongside human failings.  The result is a vibrant portrait of Monica Murphy, physician of body and her own soul.  I was immediately absorbed by the novel and found it completely engaging.  The subtlety and complexity with which Miner treats religion, healthcare, and the complications of First World aid in a postcolonial world are deeply impressive.”
Valerie Sayers, author of The Powers

“In Traveling With Spirits, Miner’s deft hand moves the reader from a clinic in Minneapolis to a Catholic medical mission in Uttar Pradesh, with lush prose and razor-sharp insight into the struggles and questions that reside in both places and in our common humanity.  Neither Miner nor her characters are content with easy answers, but tackle them head-on, whether it be the nature of faith, the strictures placed on the clinic by the church, the dangerous territory of marriage within different cultures to the question of the very presence of Westerners in the third worldTraveling with Spirits makes you think, makes you laugh and the pleasure of it will be with you for a long time. “
Margaret-Love Denman, Daily, Before Your Eyes

“Alive with details, wrought with questions of belief, and riven with the tension of wanting to know where she fits in the world, Monica’s story is compelling and vivid.”
Bret Lott, author of Jewel

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    Open Road Publishing has just issued three of Valerie Miner’s books in paperback and six in e-book formats, All Good Women, Range of Light, Murder in the English Department, Movement, Rumors from the Cauldron and The Night Singers. Find Valerie's books on her Author Page.

    Recent Short Stories:

  • “Under Stars,” in Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall, 2014
  • “Something in the Way She Knows,” in Delmarva Review, October, 2014
  • “Far Enough,” in Five Points, Spring, 2014
  • “Long Distance,” in Grey Sparrow, April, 2014. Read "Long Distance" online.
  • Recent Reviews:

  • Jean Thompson, The Witch, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 October, 2014. Read online.
  • Tessa Hadley, Clever Girl, The Women’s Review of Books, September/October, 2014
  • Stuart Dybek, Paper Lantern and Ecstatic Cahoots, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 July, 2014. Read online
  • Lisa See, China Dolls, The Los Angeles Times, 8 June, 2014. Read online .
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland in The Women’s Review of Books, March/April 2014
  • Recent Papers Presented:

  • “Adapting from, to and with Shakespeare in Contemporary Fiction,” Shakespeare Association of America Conference, St. Louis, 12 April, 2014.
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