"Poppies" is about first love--its sometimes dark and tender, fleeting nature--by award-winning writer Ulrica Hume. It also happens to be the first story in her new collection of interrelated tales, House of Miracles.
Is it a short story? A first chapter? You decide...
Ulrica Hume is the author of An Uncertain Age, a “wickedly sophisticated” spiritual mystery novel, which was longlisted for a Northern California Book Award. Her earlier work, House of Miracles, a collection of socially relevant tales, was a finalist for the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship; the title story was selected by PEN and broadcast on NPR. She has written about tearooms, reading rooms, the seven deadly sins, and how 9/11 changed religion in America for SFGate, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Bloomsbury Review, and HuffPost, respectively. Her flash fiction appears online at Fanzine, and in 100 Word Story’s Nothing Short Of anthology, published by Outpost19 Books. She is also the author of In the Labyrinth.
What readers say about House of Miracles
"...softly, quietly, mightily beautiful." ~Kelly Woodward, You Can Read Me Anything
"Hume has delved into the human psyche and pulled out treasures." ~Linda Eells, Goodreads, 5 stars
"It leaves a person with a feeling of wonder." ~Joyce, Amazon.com, 5 stars
Anyone picking up Ulrica Hume’s latest book, House of Miracles, is in for a treat. The author chooses to focus on three major characters and interweave them through the lives of others, as well as the limitations of time and place. We meet Janet, an indecisive woman with an ugly past. There is Jack, Janet’s sometimes boyfriend who seems to lack a direction in life. Lastly, there is Mrs. von Meurs who is filled with eccentricities, life experience, and wisdom. There are many lessons contained in the book, the most prominent of which might be that negative and noxious life events may simply be the difficult gifts offered by life so that the desired consequences can be even more deeply appreciated. This is a no-nonsense book, rich with joy and sadness. At times, it reads like a work of prose. The simplicity of many of the author’s statements must be consumed and digested so that the full depth of the story is revealed to the reader.
Although most readers would conclude that Hume’s writing is earthy, there is also a nearly ethereal quality at times. House of Miracles is a seemingly simple and yet poignant story of life, love, and taking chances on personal need and personal growth. Sometimes, you know you are at the right place and the time is ripe to act. Sometimes, you just understand the person you are with is one with whom you could share a lifetime of memories. Sometimes, you simply comprehend that love is such a personal preference that no definition or explanation can steer you in the right direction. And yes, this book makes you think about all those things—and so much more!
~Karen Pirnot, Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars