Short Story Collection
The characters in Among Angelic Orders are harassed by the distant and not-so-distant past, by the future, by this world and the next. They live their lives in a state of ambivalence, longing for something they have lost, while hanging on desperately to what they have. The tone of the collection is funny, sad, loving, sarcastic. These are stories of mischief, yearning, confusion, loss and the random nature of mercy that defines our human condition.
"Quick, open these pages and meet The Empty Notebook-the enduring nothingness out of which all is generated, the negative capability on which artists thrive, ecstatic world-wanderer, canny literary imitator, driven self-obsessive-as vivaciously, and audaciously, imagined by Susan Thomas. Pleasures await."
-Jeanne Marie Beaumont
Incredibly original... by turns ironic, tragic, comic... paradoxical gusto of pathos
Full of meaty poems and wry surprises... Thomas’ reach is broad and daring.
This delightful—and long overdue—collection shows Susan Thomas at her delicious best.
Poems in translation
“The major portion of this ambitious translation is devoted to Pascoli’s revisionist
version of Homer’s epic; in it Odysseus does not return home, slay the suitors and
embrace his wife. Instead, he falls into a deep sleep, sails past Ithaka and is forced to
revisit his former route, complete with heart-stopping adventures and profound grief.
The narration is deft, elegiac, and intensely lyrical, making this book a pleasure to read.” .