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The title essay in this collection, "Pilgrim Interrupted," is set on the island of Patmos, Greece, during one of Susan's pilgrimages with her husband, Father Basil Cushman, an Orthodox priest. Pilgrimages. Orthodoxy. Icons. Monasteries. It's all in here. But so are stories about mental health, caregiving, death, family, and writing, including a section on "place," a key element in Southern literature. And how is Susan's pilgrimage "interrupted"?

By life itself.

Pilgrim Interrupted is a collection of 35 essays, 3 poems, and 5 excerpts from Susan's novels and short stories. Coming of age during the turbulent 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi; marrying young and adopting three children; leaving the Presbyterian Church of her childhood for the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith in 1987; Susan finally began to chronicle her journey in the early 2000s. Pilgrim Interrupted is her eighth book.

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"Well-known southern writer, Susan Cushman, gathers her gifted essays over the past ten years into one exquisitely wrapped package that is now in the shape of a memoir. We see the multitalented Cushman as an icon writer and a moving essayist about them. She shares her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, meaningful venues in southern literature, her struggles with eating disorders, personal family stories, her writing, editing, publishing experiences, and much more, including poems and excerpts from her novels. This collection is a must for writers and all previously privileged to read any of Susan’s essays or hear her speak."
–The Rev. Joanna J. Seibert M.D.
Episcopal deacon and retired physician
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