The Gift of an Imaginary Girl
"This is a woman in touch with the rio debajo el rio and the llorona and the pme and qme of herself. This is a cantadora, a griotte, and she is my sister in ways that remind me of why I got my degree in Transformative Language Arts… Kristy horrifies me, because she makes me look at myself in all my artistic nakedness (the work I have done, and have yet to do).."
Tiffany Vakilian, author of "Ugly Drawers, Pretty Panties."
What people are saying about The Gift of an Imaginary Girl:
"Story after story crafted in this exquisite, piercing prose. Kristy Webster invites us into a world that shifts in the shadows just beyond our own. This collection of short stories and flashing moments reveals an inner life that in our rush to achieve, earn, interject, assert, we pass by. Stop and listen to the scariest things, the most painful things, the most beautiful and haunting. Kristy has. She stopped and listened to hear the stories behind the noise and then gave us the gift of her own particular magic. These are stories of the lost and forgotten, the vulnerable and compromised. Stories of falling for the wrong person or perhaps the right one at the wrong time, of mothers who love like lionesses, of lovers who love until the sky cracks open, of the wounded who keep secrets and learn to survive. Magical realism is storytelling's gift, for it takes us out of our present world and shows us the possibilities alive in our imaginations. It touches the most vulnerable parts, brings them to life, and allows them to dance. Kristy's gift is giving voice to the inexplicable, putting words to the things we feel but cannot account for. "
--Julie Christine Johnson, author of In Another Life.
"Kristy Webster lets you into her heart and psyche like it's no big deal...and yet, we feel ourselves shamed that we cannot live with authenticity with which she writes with such apparent ease. Too often the stories that emanate from the disenfranchised, tortured souls are stories of victims and their survival, and we are to be stunned by their accomplishment. Kristy, however, is other worldly. She writes with such sweet simplicity, and such staggering imagery, that we are left with a vague awareness that there is so much that goes on in our own lives that we are too numb, or too blind to see. You cannot read Kristy without loving her. She is the reason that men love women: vulnerable, real, and with a spirit so deep it can never be plumbed."
--Thorn Sully, author of Almost Avalon.