Tracking Light: Reflections from an Exurban Garden
Mary Maruca

Illustrations by Ren Lohoefener

6×9 in | 102 pages
Softcover | Perfect bound | $25

ISBN: 9781715870928
Publish date: 11/2020


"When the light returned, something inexpressible had changed for me. During the following days, I experienced the sun’s light differently, as if my old familiar companionable sun had managed to walk away and another step in, one that sent down its light clearly textured with shadow. Following the eclipse, shadows seemed deeper and light brighter, as if it had achieved more sparkle, like sunlight on water."

Introducing Tracking Light: Reflections from an Exurban Garden by Mary Maruca, featuring captivating line illustrations by Ren Lohoefener. This enchantingly unique book takes you on a journey through the transformative power of light in a backyard garden and the human adventure.

In this collection of ten thought-provoking essays, Maruca skillfully captures the essence of how dusk til dawn daylight shapes our experiences. Just like Annie Dillard's renowned "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek," Maruca's essays begin in the season of hope - spring - and gracefully guide you through the seasons, all the way through the winter solstice.

But this book is more than a mere exploration of nature. It delves into the intricate landscape of the human mind - a garden teeming with diverse thoughts, much like the myriad flowers that bloom under the shifting light. Maruca's essays deftly illuminate the parallels between the changing light in a garden and the evolving seasons of human life, offering poignant insights and stirring memories of times gone by.

To complement Maruca's evocative prose, the book features strikingly simple line illustrations by the talented Ren Lohoefener. Each illustration is a visual testament to the beauty and delicacy of the natural world, enhancing the reading experience and bringing the garden to life.

Tracking Light is a must-read for lovers of words, nature enthusiasts, gardeners, and anyone who appreciates the subtle interplay between light, life, and the human experience. Lose yourself in the captivating essays and allow Maruca's truths and Lohoefener's illustrations to transport you to a world of reflection, inspiration, and connection. Immerse yourself in the ever-changing light of Tracking Light: Reflections from an Exurban Garden and discover the profound beauty that surrounds us all.



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