|"Mirosevich, who has a keen eye and is very funny, eschews cathedrals and schools, 'the designated place where meaning [is] supposed to reside.' She travels less expected, circuitous paths, with the aim of being 'released from what confines us.'"--Marjorie Gellhorn Sa'adah, Los Angeles Times Book Review
Toni Mirosevich's first collection of nonfiction explores life's shifting, tilting moments and encounters. A chance meeting with a homeless stranger, the feel of a nickel in the palm of her hand, a conversation about politics while watching a game show--all are seemingly unremarkable events but each has the possibility of opening for us a new view, an insight, and the experience of wonder.
Through happenstance--the chance or accidental happening--we see in unrelated, unexpected events profound connections that form a net of meaning.
Finalist, Lambda Award for LGBT Creative Nonfiction
"Pink Harvest prods the borders of emotional maturity; it is the book I wish I could have read when I was fourteen, underlining its succession of memorable lines the way I did Rilke's Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, hoping to use language to navigate the treacherous world of adult innuendo.
"Here the distinctions between memoir and fiction are very fine. In almost every piece, Mirosevich polishes the stones of human experience in ways that seem more like fiction than autobiography. Nowhere do we get: I did this! Isn't my life swell! Or: This tragedy befell me! Look upon my sorrows and take heed! These can be tedious. Instead, the life, or the parts of a life, that Mirosevich presents are like a clump of crystals in their matrix--each story can be turned over in your hands, moved to catch the light in different ways."--Elana Dykewomon, Women's Review of Books
"Toni Mirosevich's personal narratives are alive in the contemporary moment. She's an urban explorer, at the ready with quick humor, brilliant insight, and the perfect, edgy observation. I love the innovative way she works. By imaginative linking, layering, counterpointing, and jig-sawing, she accomplishes the extraordinary feat--seemingly ordinary experience leaps over into unexpected new territory. Such transformations take the moment into myth."--Frances Mayes
"When does an investigation of the moral order enchant us? When it unfolds in stories like these by Toni Mirosevich, when the world of physical work and schoolrooms and airport security is also home to lambs and saints, white deer and hot air balloons, when the writer moored in common sense tracks down, and finds, the miraculous."--Valerie Trueblood, author of Seven Loves