In this vivid and deeply felt collection of essays, Ron Hansen talks about his novels, childhood, family, and mentors such as John Gardner. He explores prayer, stigmata, twentieth-century martyrs, and the Eucharist. A profile of his grandfather, a "tough-as-nails, brook-no-guff Colorado rancher," finds a place alongside a wonderfully informative portrait of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. A brilliant reading of a story by Leo Tolstoy follows an appreciation of the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Surprisingly intimate, A Stay Against Confusion brings together the literary and religious impulses that inform the life of one of our most gifted fiction writers.
“Erudite and meditative, A Stay Against Confusion…depicts a profound, complex spirituality…brims with intelligence, passion and conviction.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
"Refreshing and enlightening … only rarely does any writer explain himself so clearly and so courageously."
-Los Angeles Times
“Wise and searching.”
-Wall Street Journal
“A book that shines as a consequence of an accomplished writer’s deeply felt (and understood) moral and spiritual energy.”
-Robert Coles, author of Lives of Moral Leadership
"Rich, eloquent and thoughtful ... This is a deeply satisfying read."
"This vital new collection of essays … is a generous benefaction … fascinating … courageous."
-Rick Moody, Book Forum