Springing from ancient Greek mythology Hope a Myth Reawakened invites the reader on a journey that is both epic in scope and deeply intimate in the questions it prompts us to ask ourselves about the nature of hope in a fragile world.
Both a love story and a modern philosophical investigation even the essential question of who is narrating the story draws the reader in. We take this journey on the wings of allegorical figures Hope and Despair as we see through their eyes millennia of human love and loss and confront today's pressing and personal questions.
As with her four previous books Lillian Moats asks of her reader a quiet attentiveness and amply pays back that gift. The rhythms of her writing propel us through this timeless allegory in which we meet characters wholly familiar to us yet encounter them in ourselves as if for the first time. Full of suspense and insight this book will speak to readers who think about a world in crisis about the meaning of life and death and who seek authentic hope in an age of denial.
Lillian Moats is a writer artist and filmmaker living near Chicago. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin. Hope a Myth Reawakened is Moats' 5th book . She was privileged to have the late historian and world-renowned peace and justice activist Howard Zinn write the foreword for her previous book The Letter from Death. Moats' first book The Gate of Dreams was selected for the South Carolina Junior Book Award List. Film awards (with JP Somersaulter) include: Special Jury Award Chicago International Children's Film Festival for their body of work more than forty other national and international film festival showings including 6 Cine Gold Eagle awards and 5 awards from the Chicago International Film Festival all for art films.
"Moats (The Letter from Death 2009) has a lovely understated humanizing way of approaching the immense mysteries we attempt to control in small words such as life love and death. In her newest graceful clever affecting work a concise allegory in stanza form Moats personifies hope... Moats gently matches the drama of Hope's encounters with striking insights into the human condition. Choosing each word in this tender teaching fable with meticulous care and creating a bewitching timeless narrative rhythm Moats guides us toward a new and clarifying perspective on life." - Donna Seaman - Booklist Online Exclusive Oct 19 2015
"Impressively well written organized and presented Hope a Myth Reawakened is a compelling and absorbing read from beginning to end. Very highly recommended for both community and academic library collections it should be noted for personal reading lists that Hope a Myth Reawakened is also available in a Kindle edition ($4.95)." - Helen Dumont Reviewer, The Midwest Book Review
"At this moment in history we find ourselves well beyond the consolation offered by the proverbial Chinese sentiment that we might live in 'interesting times.' Ours is rather a time of terror a time when natural systems and social systems are collapsing before our very eyes a time when optimism has become a symptom of delusion. Hope is elusive even in the best of times but among the informed of our age it is nearly unimaginable. Yet we know deep down that there is no hope without Hope.
Lillian Moats aspires to reawaken in us a sense of hope in an age dominated by confusion trepidation and despair. Her allegory seduces readers into serious reflections on the nature and sources of hope. The language herein is inviting the insights are abundant and the suspense is captivating. Perhaps you will detect as I did hints of Dante and Plato as the author engages Hope and Despair in constructive dialogue. This book is inspiring and you are to be envied if you can find something better to do than to read it." - Loyal Rue Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religion Luther College
"Lillian Moats draws upon mythology philosophy literary and aesthetic traditions and life experience to construct a unique poetic book that expands readers' understanding of the intricate contradictory and surprisingly complementary relationship between hope and despair. By personifying these qualities Moats challenges readers to envision genuine hope that transcends its imposters. Her portrayal is an original blend of philosophy fantasy and artistry that urges humans to look clearly at the evidence for despair and re-create possibilities for a better world. I hope in her HOPE." - William H. Schubert Retired Professor and University Scholar University of Illinois at Chicago
"Drawing on impressive knowledge Hope: A Myth Reawakened weaves a compelling tale about the ingredients essential to there being hope for humanity's future despite the myriad daunting problems facing the contemporary world.... Certainly Moats knows what matters and by the end of her insightful narrative many readers their consciousness and concern awakened will too." -Kathleen E. McCrone Ph.D. Professor Emeritus University of Windsor