Map For The Heart

ISBN: 9781988592565

Author: Jillian Sullivan    Publisher: Otago University Press

To live in Central Otago is to come to terms with the dominance of nature. Writer Jillian Sullivan set out to walk the hills and mountains of the Ida Valley where she lives, and follow the Manuherekia River from the mountains to its confluence with the Clutha/Mata-au. Her aim was to explore not only the land and river for themselves, but the ways in which we grow in intimacy with where we live; how our histories, and those of the people who went before us, our experiences of loss and love, our awakening to what is around us, bring us closer to community – closer to a meaningful life. Map for the Heart is a haunting collection of essays braiding history and memoir with environmentalism, amid an awareness of the seasonal fluctuations of light and wind, heat and snow, plants and creatures, and the lives and work of locals. In writing that is psychologically nurturing and deeply attentive to all that’s around, Sullivan leads readers to the core of the questions that persist throughout a life: who to love, how to love, how to be independent and yet how to live a moral life that also cares for others. The land reminds us, she writes, that we are not in charge. We are only a part of this world, and privileged to be here. Moving and yet restrained, poetic and spiritual yet unsentimental, Map for the Heart is a deeply satisfying collection of writing.

Bind: paperback

Pages: 280

Dimensions: 230 x 150 mm

Availability Date: 09-10-2020

Tags: Education   New Zealand

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