A novel by Ellen Cooney
November 10, 2020 • 5.5 x 8.25 • 216 pages • 978-1-56689-597-2
“I believe in expecting light. That’s my job.” A hospital chaplain offers compassion to her patients over the course of one eventful night shift, and finds some for herself, too.
A young interfaith chaplain is joined on her hospital rounds one night by an unusual companion: a rough-and-ready dog who may or may not be a ghost. As she tends to the souls of her patients—young and old, living last moments or navigating fundamentally altered lives—their stories provide unexpected healing for her own heartbreak. Balancing wonder and mystery with pragmatism and humor, Ellen Cooney (The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances) returns to Coffee House Press with a generous, intelligent novel that grants the most challenging moments of the human experience a shimmer of light and magical possibility.
About the Author
Ellen Cooney is the author of nine previous novels, including The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances (Mariner Books, 2015). Her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Ontario Review, New England Review, and many other journals, and were listed several times in Best American Short Stories. She has received fellowships from the National Foundation for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and has taught creative writing at Boston College, the Harvard Extension School, and most recently as Writer in Residence at MIT. A native of Massachusetts, she lives on the Phippsburg Peninsula in mid-coast Maine.
Praise for One Night Two Souls Went Walking
“A poetic story of wandering souls, filled with the beauty of human encounters and the sorrows of departure.” —Dorthe Nors
“Whenever I read Ellen Cooney, I feel like I am in the presence of a cunning medium—an unwavering mind reader of memories, dreams. One Night Two Souls Went Walking has the familiarity of old fairy-tale books, the steadiness of Tove Jansson, the abstraction of Silvina Ocampo, and something entirely new. A lovely and grave novel.” —Kate Bernheimer
“It’s the very rare book that pierces both spirit and sense of humor. One Night Two Souls Went Walking wrapped me in its warm wisdom from the start. Reading it was like reading a Mary Oliver poem or Marilynne Robinson novel—radiant, humane, splendidly joyous.” —Alyson Hagy, author of Scribe
Praise for The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances
New and Noteworthy from USA Today
A Best New Book of the Week from People
“This book will grab your heart and not let go.” —John Grogan, author of Marley & Me
“A wise, engaging meditation on dogs, love, and recovery from pain. Come. Sit. Read!” —Lily King, author of Euphoria and The Pleasing Hour
Praise for Ellen Cooney
“This remarkably talented author writes in a refined, understated prose.” —New York Times Book Review
“A writer with style and heart.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“Ellen Cooney has a talent for creating fine, quirky characters.” —Washington Post
“Ellen Cooney’s laser-bright writing, zany sense of humor and unerring ear for dialogue cannot be praised highly enough.” —Mademoiselle
“Cooney writes with light grace.” —Boston Globe