Spiritual memoirs will tell about faith, mental health, “interrupted life”

“They say you write from your own life and you write what you know,” says Susan Cushman.

Her first novel tells the story of a young girl who escapes violence into a religious cult and then finds herself surrounded by art. A short story tells the story of a young girl in St. Judah who is healed by a weeping icon. Other works tell of mental health, adoption, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.

And her new book, Pilgrim Interrupted, is filled with themes from her life that readers will experience in 35 essays, three poems and five excerpts from her novels and short stories.

There is the story of her worship on the island of Patmos, a visit to the Cave of the Apocalypse, where St. John was given the Book of Revelation and where the worship of Cushman was “interrupted”.

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