Raised by traditional people in a modern world, Mindy Tarquini is a second-generation Italian American who grew up believing that dreams are prophecy, the devil steals lost objects, and an awkward glance can invite the evil eye. She is an assistant editor with the Lascaux Review and a member of the Perley Station Writers’ Colony, as well as the author of the novel Hindsight. A native Philadelphian, Tarquini resides in Phoenix with her husband. She loves writing heroines with special powers. Alas, she has none herself.
On a rainy night in Philadelphia’s Ninth Street Market, sixteen-year-old Fiora is dumped at an old man’s door. Fiora’s mother told fortunes; now she’s dead, a victim of the influenza epidemic. The people in their immigrant community fear riling her spirit, and the old man, a widowed shoemaker ticking down his clock, is the only person brave enough to stand between Fiora and an orphanage. Fiora’s a modern, forward-thinking young woman, uninterested in using old-world magic to make a way for herself—but when she sees the old man will shortly die of a heart attack, she panics, and casts her entire neighborhood into a stagnant bubble of time where everything continues but nothing progresses: tomatoes won’t ripen, babies refuse to be born, and the sick suffer under the weight of a never-ending stream of unspent seconds. Not everything in the bubble is bad. Love, fresh and fascinating, ignites. Friendships take root. But as day drags into interminable day, the pressure inside the bubble world builds. If Fiora can’t figure out how to collapse it, every one of her hopes will be trapped in an unbearable, unyielding, unpredictable, and infinite Now.
Eugenia Panisporchi, a thirty-three-year-old Chaucer professor who remembers all her past lives, is desperate to change her future.
Born this time around into an Italian-American family so traditional that neither she nor any of her adult siblings have escaped their mother’s tiny South Philly row home, Eugenia lives a simple life—no love connection, no controversy, no complications. Her hope is that the Blessed Virgin Mary (who oversees her soul’s progress) will grant her heart’s desire, the option to choose the circumstances of her next life. But when a student reveals he shares her ability, Eugenia suddenly finds herself setting up a Facebook page and sponsoring a support group for others like her, an oddball odyssey, during which she discovers she must confront her current shortcomings before she can break the cycle and finally live the life of her dreams.
A layered contemporary fable, Hindsight reminds us to live this life like it’s the only one we’ll have.
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