Memoirs of a Shape-Shifter
Hard cover, dust jacket, 6 x 9, 440 pgs.
Season: Fall, 2005
New England late 17th century and present-day Gloucester, Massachusetts. More specifically, much of the book takes place in Dogtown, a forested preserve in Gloucester.
Love and relationships.
Women's issues, including mother/daughter relationships, career paths, female mentoring, beauty, health, rape, childbirth and rearing, prostitution.
Religious issues such as Christianity, earth-worship, Tarot and Wicca are addressed in the novel. Alternative religious practices including chanting, magic circles, ceremonies of welcoming and drug-induced initiation, animal-spirit worship.
The New England fishing industry.
Irish and Celtic studies, Celtic myth, Druidism and ogham, shamanism and shape-shifting, spell-casting.
Witch trials of the late 17th century in Salem, Massachusetts.
Puritanism and the King Philip War. Native American issues, including tribal life, smallpox epidemic.
Poetry as imagination stimulation, a form of magic.