Lily Iona Mackenzie - Freefall: A Divine Comedy (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 4:00pm

Freefall: A Divine Comedy features Tillie Bloom, a wacky installation artist, who travels to Venice for an extended reunion with three former friends, women she hung out with in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. She also plans to crash the Biennale, an art extravaganza scheduled every other year.  Each woman’s life has taken a different direction. Tillie and Daddy have both moved to the States from Canada, where Tillie has given herself over to art. Daddy—once a heterosexual radical feminist/hippie and now a lesbian—has turned into a successful real estate saleswoman. Moll, tres sportif, a housewife and mother of three, spends her free time exploring the Canadian outdoors. Sibyl—also married and a shrewd bookkeeper addicted to 4000-piece jigsaw puzzles, cigarettes, and wine—has a cabin in Whistler, a home in Vancouver, and a flat in Venice. Tillie often gets lost in the maze of Venice streets, intrigued by the canals’ reflective surfaces and how they participate in the city’s love affair with light.

These reflections counter the pull of darker forces that cause the four women to reevaluate themselves. A humorous yet serious meditation on the relationship between art and mortality, Freefall: A Divine Comedy taps into the rich underground springs that feed all of our lives.

Lily Iona Mackenzie has published reviews, interviews, short fiction, poetry, travel pieces, essays, and memoir in over 155 American and Canadian venues. Her novel, Fling!, was published in 2015. Curva Peligrosa, another novel, was published in 2017. Her poetry collection, All This, was published in 2011. She has also taught writing at the University of San Francisco and was vice-president of USF's part-time faculty union.


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