The energy of Seduction By Light’s narrative is sustained through the sheer dramatic force, poetic insights, and folk wisdom of the novel’s protagonist and overwhelming presence, Mamie Franklin, who is also the novel’s first-person narrator. Mamie endures and triumphs over circumstances, including an earthquake that devastates her home and that threatens her physical health, through a spiritual impulse that allows her to perceive a linkage between the living and the dead and an interconnectedness between all persons:I dont go to church much anymore—only at Easter and Christmastime—but there’s a church in my heart I slip into now and then. The message I get whensoever I turn inside is always the same: There’s somethin bigger than me or the world or the whole universe that I’ll have to be answerin to by and by.
In spite of the trouble Mamie experiences—an attempted robbery of her home, the death of her beloved common-law husband, the destruction of her worldly possessions, and her death through the injuries incurred during the earthquake—her course is toward a liberation from the worries of the physical world and a heightened perspective from which she can experience a final and lasting peace: “And pretty soon I could tell at last there was nothin left to see but the sea, and nothin left to do but keep on swimmin upstream in that sweet, bright river of light.”
Although Mamie is a psychic whose out-of-body travels...
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