They Have To Take You In

They Have To Take You In


Ursula Pflug


Title: They Have To Take You In

Editor: Ursula Pflug

ISBN: 978-1-927725-13-9

Trade Paperback: 221 pages

Suggested Retail: $19.95

Genre: cross genre collection including “mainstream” literary and “speculative” fiction

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Press Relese – Blurbs and Reviews for They Have to Take You In by Editor Ursula Pflug



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“We are reading our way out of sadness.” So writes Linda Rogers in her fine poem, “Paper Stairs.” And as our relationship with home and family is a complicated and varied one, Ursula Pflug’s Hidden Brook Press anthology They Have to Take You In, provides the reader with ample evidence of the profound complexity of blood and clan. The Welsh word “hiraeth” translates roughly as “longing for home,” and yet there are those for whom home is not so positive and the fine line between being homesick and being sick of home is just as often not so fine. “I remember being put out on the street/
at the age of nine or ten/
by my father for reasons that still remain a mystery/ even to me,” writes Darryl Salach in his poem, “On the Road”. None of the mushy sentimentality, false memory and treacly greeting-card nostalgia for these writers—no, these writers are interested in the healing truths we tell when writers are writing their way out of sadness for the sake of love. Herein they tell the entire grumble of the story, sometimes in memoir, sometimes in fiction, sometimes in a poem, but never in the candy-coated dithyrambs that populate the pages of those ‘chicken soup for the soul’ books. This anthology is filled with serious truth, the kind that goes deep and heals from well within the wound.


John B. Lee   Poet Laureate of Brantford, Poet Laureate of Norfolk County  


Fiction and Memoir

Life Skills by Jan Thornhill

The Doppelgängers by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Orange and Amber by Tapanga Koe

Murky Pinks by Georgia Fisher

Winterstorm by Barbara Ponomareff

Just Like Rain by Michelle Berry

Giiwedinong by Leanne Simpson

Foxford by Sandra Kasturi

The Missing Elephant by Robert Runté

Up, Away, Here, Gone by Andrew McDonald

A Better Closet by Mela Brown

Zhezhi by Michael Matheson

Witness by Ruth Clarke

Arnold Pepper Doesn’t Care by Joe Davies

The Corner of Crack and Ho’ by P.J. Thomas

Belvedere by Margaret Slavin Dyment

Leadfoot Sally: An Excerpt from Uranium City Return by Tim Becket

Anna’s Story by Dana Tkachenko



About The Creation of Life On Earth by Robert Priest

McLoneliness by Ron Chase

Paper Stairs by Linda Rogers

100 Percent Acrylic by Debbie Oakun Hill

Family Tree by Colleen Anderson

Metro West by Ariel David Skelly Langen

On the Road by Daryl Salach

ode’min giizis (heart berry moon) at Couchiching First Nation by Gord Bruyere

Lethe by Donna Langevin

Ursula Pflug

Ursula Pflug

Ursula Pflug is an award winning author of speculative fiction, who has had her work published in Canada, the U.S and Great Britain. She has also written extensively for film, theatre, and television and lives in Peterborough Country, Canada.