Gracefully written and moving ... Things Seen and Unseen starts with Nora Gallagher entering the labyrinth of her life ... and ultimately it leads to the center of her being. -- The Boston Globe It started with an occasional Sunday, a tourist's visit to a local church. Eventually Nora Gallagher entered into a yearlong journey to discover herfaith and a relationship with God, using the Christian calendar as her compass. Whether writing about her brother's battle against cancer, talking to homeless men about the World Series, or questioning the afterlife ( One worldat a time ), Gallagher draws us into a world of journeys and mysteries, yet grounded in a gritty reality. She braids together the symbols of theChristian calendar, the events of a year in one church, and her own spiritual journey, each strand combed out with harrowing intimacy. Thought provoking and profoundly perceptive, Things Seen and Unseen is a remarkable demonstration that the road to the sacred is paved with the ordinary. Like Kathleen Norris in Amazing Grace, Gallagher is renewing the language of ultimate concerns. -- San Francisco Chronicle The deep serenity that suffuses Gallagher's work, the lyrical cadences in which she writes, do t blunt the sharp edges of what she discovered in her quest for meaning. -- Los Angeles Times
Nora Gallagher lives in Santa Barbara, California.