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Monday, October 23rd, 2006 by

The most recent issue of Auburn University’s Southern Humanities Review examines Charles Rose’s hospice volunteer memoir In the Midst of Life, calling it “stunning in its subtle juxtapositions of the sublime and the mundane, the ethereal and the earthly.” From the review:

Throughout [his] work, Rose brings inanimate objects to life while watching life seep out of the living. Rose masterfully blends poetic prose with journalistic detail. He writes about death–the inevitable, the equalizer–but does so in a way that he demystifies its power to destroy and emphasizes instead its ability to forge the least likely connections among people, reminding us in the process to celebrate the magic surrounding even the most ordinary lives.

Charles Rose taught English at Auburn University for thirty-four years. A native of Indiana, he holds degrees from Vanderbilt and the University of Florida and has published many short stories and articles. He is a past Hospice Volunteer of the Year, and in 2004 he was awarded an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship for literary arts/fiction. In the Midst of Life is his first book.

In the Midst of Life is available directly from NewSouth Books, Amazon.com, or your favorite local or online book retailer.

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