Vanishing Acts

Wild Things

Shark Girls

Dream Lives of Butterflies

Climbing the God Tree

Sex, Salvation and the Automobile

DREAM LIVES OF BUTTERFLIES
2007
Gold Medalist, Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY)
Top 100 Books of the Year pick, Kansas City Star
Finalist, USABookNews.com Best Books 2007
Finalist, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year

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Evocative images of specimen butterflies, their broken bodies permanently suspended in time and pinned in place, suffuse Colbert's inventively interconnected stories of fragile yet defiant people whose lives immutably sway in a limbo between uncertainty and endurance. From Oahu's jade green hills and Honolulu's faded glamour to the psychological confinement of the Midwest's open spaces, Colbert's vivid array of characters are mired in place and desperate for escape that, once attained, is ephemeral...

ISBN 978-1-886157-59-0 Trade Paper $16.95 286 Pages

Praise for Dream Lives of Butterflies:

Colbert knows the weight and shape of the human heart.
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Jaimee Wriston Colbert's new episodic novel-in-stories is a jewel in both its form and its feeling, with layers of image and meaning as intricately patterned as the dust on a butterfly's wing.
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Evocative images of specimen butterflies, their broken bodies permanently suspended in time and pinned in place, suffuse Colbert's inventively interconnected stories of fragile yet defiant people whose lives immutably sway in a limbo between uncertainty and endurance. From Oahu's jade green hills and Honolulu's faded glamour to the psychological confinement of the Midwest's open spaces, Colbert's vivid array of characters are mired in place and desperate for escape that, once attained, is ephemeral...
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Jaimee Wriston Colbert's words are like magic. Colbert gives voice to those pushed to the margins of resistance, of sanity, of survival - and what a voice it is! Lyrical, imploring, humorous, and heartbreaking, the stories contained here take us out of dreams and into the reality of lives whose truths are both strange and familiar. It is her brilliant exploration of that no-man's land between what we desire and what we must live without that defines Colbert's deep empathy for her characters. We feel ourselves being drawn into the plight of the characters with such startling recognition that we feel our own lives teetering on the edge of something wondrous.
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Dream Lives of Butterflies is full of startling wisdom and high-flown humor. Jaimee Wriston Colbert's characters are complete originals; full of sass and attitude, they struggle with the cultural tension between worlds and lives. Readers will love following these people on their full-hearted, rambunctious adventures.
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