You Are Not Here and Other Works of Buddhist Fiction - Praise



256 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9780861712915

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“An elegant, entertaining collection. These stories not only reflect a Buddhist sensibility, but reading them is a meditation in itself.”—Christopher Moore, author of Lamb and A Dirty Job

“The greater part of the collection is simply a rich literary read where art and dharma seamlessly meet. [. . .] For a collection of stories with a unifying theme, there’s a great diversity between these covers. The quality of the writing alone makes this second volume of ‘Buddhist fiction’ worth reading.”—Shambhala Sun

“Drawing on the ancient appeal of ‘Tell me a story,’ Keith Kachtick has brought together a volume of exquisite tales that breathe with the living spirit of the dharma. These are the sutras of our times, played out in the lives of people we might meet next door.”—Lin Jensen, author of Bad Dog!

“A collection of sparkling gems that translate the experiences of everyday life into a poetry that will keep resonating within long after you put the book down. As far too few books do today, it vividly demonstrates that the essence of great literature is, and always will be, the process of self-discovery.”—Eliot Pattison, author of The Skull Mantra, and Beautiful Ghosts

“Buddhist fiction? Why not? With You Are Not Here and Other Works of Buddhist Fiction, Wisdom Publications continues the groundbreaking work of defining a genre. The stories in this collection are surprising, sophisticated, various, and uplifting without naivete. A terrific and thought provoking read.”—Zoketsu Norman Fischer, author of Taking Our Places: the Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up

“Fiction schmiction, this book is for real. With its superb collection of entertaining, thoughtful and intelligent stories, this book is sure to impress whether you’re a Buddhist, interested in Buddhism or don’t know a zafu from a zendo.”—Matthew Bortolin, author of The Dharma of Star Wars