Imagine an encounter between Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh at a twelve-step meeting, and you may approximate the tone and flavor of Mari Gayatri Stein’s debut novel Out of the Blue Valise, an unusual, category-defying work of fiction, in which stories proliferate within their enclosing frame.
When author Mila receives a diagnosis of cancer, she begins to feel her vital creative spirit slipping away. Enter Po, a hippopotamus with magical powers, who rescues her by inspiring a brand new narrative. Out of the Blue Valise travels from Oregon to Malibu, Paris to Africa, unpacking such delights as a Hollywood artist sober on AA; a lovable red-and-white zebra; twin can-do British aristocrats; and a supersized villain you will love to hate.
Sign on for this marvelous journey of whimsy and pathos, humor and heart, as Mila writes for her life.