By Jane Rule
5 ladies at serious crossroads of their lives come jointly during this gem of a singular set on an island off the coast of Vancouver
After the hearth introduces a quintet of very diversified ladies as they try with abandonment, loss, and new beginnings—both jointly and by myself. there's Karen Tasuki, who lately separated from her accomplice and wonders if she’ll ever get used to being by myself . . . till she befriends purple, who cleans homes for the island’s privileged population. pass over James is the eccentric Southern spinster born on the flip of the century. Milly Forbes is a lady whose husband “went scot unfastened after stealing two decades of her life.” And the practical Henrietta “Hen” Hawkins yearns for her absent, ailing husband. On a rural island that they dub a “used-wife lot,” the 5 heroines nurture each other as they deal with loneliness, loss of life, and renewed existence. Imbued with wit and compassion, After the fireplace is a unique approximately girls loving girls and girls supporting women—and the bond that transcends age, race, or even gender.
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The appearances have constituted in their eyes all that which wants itself independent of death. The last thought of every man disfigures life in illusion. Every time you separate the world in appearances and essences, you declare yourself implicitly against life. Out of every type of thought, life has nothing other than what it loses. The prejudice of the essential is the cult of death. When we destroy the categories of thinking, and we attach ourselves to the world in a completely different way, only then will we be able to smash this cult and this prejudice.
So often music lives and breathes in this world, and so always do the founders of religions; rarely the poets, and never the people. I ask myself: when are people going to stop querying themselves? When will they definitively renounce theory and mystery? What is seems to me to be neutral to appearance and to essence. The inessential has always been defined in opposition to death. All thinkers, whether they wanted it or not, have assimilated the essence of death. The appearances have constituted in their eyes all that which wants itself independent of death.
And they have a mysterious precision, a troubling laconism; the thoughts in the night are without appeal.