Our individual life stories reveal underlying patterns that Gary Schmidt believes to be universal and transpersonal, binding us together as human beings trying to make sense of the ups and downs of life. In much of his writing, Schmidt has wrestled with this movement from weal to woe and from woe to weal. Both in books for children and in book of academic interest, Schmidt finds new ways to talk about this same pattern that marks all our lives. Exploring this theme in his recent novel, The Sin Eater, he offers insight and solace to young readers who wish to learn more about themselves and about the world through the power of story. Schmidt is Professor of English at Calvin College. His writing includes fiction, biography and literary studies.
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