Rumi and the Red Handbag

Rumi and the Red Handbag

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Finalist 2016 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award

Harper’s Bazaar Top Books of Fall 2015

ISBN-13: 978-1-926794-26-6
$19.95 CDN / $18.95 US | Trade Paperback
October 2015

“What is the soul?” asks Rumi, the poet. “If I could taste one sip of an answer, I could break out of this prison for drunks.”
Rumi and the Red Handbag follows the lives of Shaya and Ingrid-Simone, working together one winter at a second- hand clothing shop. Theodora’s Fine Consignment Clothing shop becomes a small world where Shaya, an academic who abandoned studying the secrets of women writers, finds in Ingrid-Simone a reason to begin writing again, on scraps of paper and post-its. Fresh, unique and intelligent, Rumi and The Red Handbag is a journey to the Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam, a journey to find Rumi, the soul, and the secret hidden in a red handbag.

Praise for Rumi and the Red Handbag

This book isn’t just a novel, it’s a small and wonderful work of art. —Wayne Arthurson