When her mother and father pass away, the little queen must figure out how to be a little queen. And so she begins her adventures, journeying away from her palace and into the world to determine how she should go about going on. The little queen soon encounters numerous folks who teach her a thing or two: the book sniffer, the dream writer, and the architect of silence are just a few. Along the way, the little queen finds friendship, love, and meaning in being a leader in her world. The Little Queen is a magical exploration of self-discovery, vocation, community, and home.
"Geddes offers an intriguing world in her novella—a dreamlike setting with elements of myths, fables, and poetry...[She] has a generous view of people, art, and nature, and it comes across beautifully in this work. A surprising and enchanting parable about personal and artistic growth."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review; Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2017)
"The Little Queen is a story about learning: learning how to keep living after tragedy, learning how to ask questions, and learning about just how big the world is. A little girl’s parents pass away, and so she becomes the little queen who embarks on a journey of magical proportions in this gentle book." -World Literature Today
"Whimsical magic." –The Somerville Times
"A book that young readers and their parents can appreciate and enjoy equally, reading together or independently." -Publisher's Weekly
Read an excerpt from and a review of The Little Queen in the New England Review of Books.
ISBN (print): 978-1-945366-66-6 // ISBN (e-book): 978-1-945366-23-9 // ISBN (audiobook): 978-1-64672-082-8
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Love Letters to the World - a series of 120 lyrical missives – addresses the world as body, concept, and stranger.
It is a quiet celebration and exploration of life, love, language, and one's place in the world.
"Meia Geddes presents a love letter to the world and its beautiful, brave words without inhibitions, speaking to us with complete vulnerability. It's an intimate metamorphosis when the reader becomes the world and Geddes speaks to our souls." ~Timothy Gager, author of The Shutting Door (Ibbetson Street Press)
"Meia Geddes' letters to the world are like paper cranes she has made to save someone. To read them is to touch a bird in flight, to experience a growing proximity to possibility as it flies toward you." ~Jennifer Tseng, author of Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Europa Editions)
"In this work, those essentially human qualities, thinking and feeling, are cast in such elusively supple and subtle language, at once clear and unpretentious, and yet nuanced and rich in refraction, that what appears translucently simple and immediately appropriable suddenly diffuses into shades of signification for which one is never quite prepared . . . It is refreshing to encounter a work of genuine intimacy—to say nothing of its humanity—that is challenging in its emotional honesty but which steers well clear of self-indulgent sentimentality, just as it is to encounter one that is intelligent, even wise, but remains unfettered by a labored intellectuality." -George Genovese, author of Love Letters to the World (Ginninderra Press) [full review here]
"Meia Geddes' poems are lyrical, rhythmic, and gentle whether the subject is love, adoption, or a meditation on a box of little Chinese clothes discovered in a closet
. . . Throughout the diversity of subject and perception, there is grace in Geddes' voice. Who is the 'dear world' with whom she corresponds? The reader can look between the words to find their resolution." ~Boston Literary Magazine
"We love the book. Love it." ~Brookline Booksmith's Paul Theriault
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