Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Nun's words helped writer deal with daughter's death.(Final)

Byline: David Steinberg Journal Staff Writer


"The Interior Castle" by St. Teresa of Avila, a new translation from the Spanish by Mirabai Starr

Riverhead Books, $23.95, 299 pp.

Within a 30-minute span on Oct. 30, 2001, two events occurred that changed Mirabai Starr's life. The first was receipt of the initial advance copy of her translation of "Dark Night of the Soul," her translation of St. John of the Cross' mystical writings.

The second was word from police that her 14-year-old adopted daughter, Jenny, had died in an auto accident.

"For me, the coinciding of these two events... made me realize that I needed to not just take this loss as my own -- the most devastating bomb anyone could drop in the life of a mother I think -- but somehow use it," Starr said in a phone interview from her Taos home. …

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