Sarah Seltzer talks to me about A Million Fragile Bones, climate change, actisim, sacred spaces.

"In the memoir, you see me working out what is sacred to me and why. I think identifying what and why is deceptively complex. It took me years to recognize that much of my need to find refuge in nature was a daughter’s attempt to remain connected to her long-dead father. What now seems like an obvious truth came to me only through the writing. And also this: I learned knowledge not only gives you power, it gives you courage. I wept for years. I grieved with a purity that could break stone. And now I am ready to do the necessary work, to fight for what is left, for what I love, for what this good Earth needs."

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Carolyn Ogburn and I talk about A Million Fragile Bones, the environment, trauma, writing, spirituality, and disasters as human constructs.

"I’m not sure if there is such a thing as absolute stillness. I mean, even when a life perishes, the corporeal body is in movement, transitioning into food, dust, earth. Death is a busy time in the cycle of life. As for the spirit—if there is such a thing—one can surmise it, too, experiences quite the journey. In moments of great physical stillness, say what we experience in meditation, the spirit, the internal life of the person meditating, is quite active. On the other hand, extreme physical activity—long distance running, for example—requires a stillness of mind and focus. Maybe we are at our best when the two are in harmony with each other. Perhaps one of the definitions of chaos is those moments when stillness and movement are out of balance."

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Katie Scott Crawford and I discuss A Million Fragile Bones, loss, redemption, sense of place, family ties.

"Place is everything in A Million Fragile Bones. You see me returning to St. Augustine time and again as I haplessly try to recapture the town as it was when my father was alive, and most specifically, regain a sense of the area’s natural abundance. When that turns out to be folly, I migrate to the semi-wilderness of the northern Gulf Coast and Alligator Point, a place I believe my father would have loved and would have felt at home in. I immerse myself in the rhythms of place in order to heal and create a bond with a father I barely knew. Place—nature unfettered—becomes my godhead. When it is destroyed by the worst manmade disaster in United States’ history, I, too, in ways great and small, am destroyed."

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Frankie Boyer and I talk about A Million Fragile Bones

NPR-WLRN and I talk about A Million Fragile Bones

WMNF's Mary Glenney and I discuss A Million Fragile Bones. Click on the 2017-04-20 link on The Women's Show page.



"Fowler’s elegy to her lost home and chronicle of BP’s criminal negligence and the toxic decimation of this coastal haven is uniquely intimate and affecting in its precise elucidation of this tragic, largely invisible apocalypse, offering powerful testimony to the unacceptable risks and profound consequences of reckless oil drilling."--Donna Seaman

The Barcelona Review

"Filled with wonder, passion, rage, dignity, this memoir will touch your heart.  While acknowledging the greed and inhumanity adrift in our world, it is, above all, a confirmation of the astounding beauty of our natural world and the powers of healing and growth."--Jill Adams

Tampa Bay Times

"A Million Fragile Bones stands as testament to the devastation caused by the greed and irresponsibility that lead to environmental disasters, to all creatures, human and otherwise." Colette Bancroft

NPR-WGCU (Audio Review)

"...this ferocious memoir is a must-read."--Amy Tardif

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