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A Novel by Valerie Miner
Livingston Press
Traveling With Spirits is an 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 a 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.

“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 Interviews:

  • “A Conversation with Valerie Miner,” by R.A. Rycraft. Plus an excerpt from Traveling with Spirits. The Writer’s Chronicle, October/November, 2015.
  • Recent Publications:

  • “The Women at Coral Villas,” Ascent, November 6, 2019. Read online.
  • Review of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim in the Women’s Review of Books, November/December 2018.
  • Review of Clock Dance by Anne Tyler in the San Francisco Chronicle, 2 August 2018. Read online.
  • Review of The Occasional Virgin by Hanan al-Shaykh in the Women’s Review of Books, July/August 2018.
  • Review of Nancy K. Miller, My Brilliant Friends, Women’s Review of Books, June-July, 2018.
  • Review of The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck in The Women's Review of Books, March, April 2018.
  • Review of The Last Laugh by Lynn Freed in the San Francisco Chronicle, 30 July 2017. Read online.
  • Review of The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman in the Boston Globe, 9 July 2017. Read online.
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