The Baron’s Box: Stories from the Bardo

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When I woke up on that shallow boat, I didn’t remember who I was or where I had been. Eventually, I discovered that I wasn’t lost and I hadn’t been kidnapped. I was dead.

But this afterlife is not what I expected. The Empyrean with its Guardians and that vile workshop full of moaning people isn’t heaven. And the Nether Realm, full of wild animals, that dreadful wolf-headed Guardian and his lost souls, isn’t hell. They call this the Bardo. But I don’t know what that means. Remember, Release, Return is the motto of the Bardo but I remember nothing. I have nothing but a body I don’t recognize and a name that doesn’t sound familiar. Besides, isn’t death a one-way journey? How can I return to my previous life?

My only hope is to join with my companion, the one they call Sam, to complete The Baron Samedi’s mission to deliver a coffin-shaped box to Kore, the Queen of the Dead. And then, and then …

In this imaginative debut novella, Mary Ann Clark invites us to follow the newly dead Sara on her journey through the afterlife. Will she remember enough of her former life to understand why she and her companion, Sam, have been thrown together? Will they be able to release the emotions of their lives and tragic deaths? Can they meet the challenges of the Bardo and fulfill their promises to each other?

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Thank you Heidi Thomas for your fine editing and Mariah Sinclair for the cover art.

Praise for The Baron’s Box

Fascinating Journey
The Baron’s Box takes you on a fascinating journey. We see and feel only what Sara, the narrator, sees and feels. She is a strong, dynamic woman struggling to understand where she is. Mysterious and ominous things keep happening. She is paired with a total stranger and they are given a task to carry a box to the sister of the Baron. The journey becomes increasingly dangerous. The ending is a surprise and quite satisfying. — Marian Powell

Different Destiny
This is an imaginative, creative exploration of an afterlife different from any scenario we have been led to expect. Mary Ann takes us through the journey of Sara and Sam, with one surprise after another, right to the last big surprise. She introduces us to a strange and intriguing cast of characters we will not soon forget. — Patricia K. Batta

Wonderful Story
A wonderful story told with one surprise after another. Hard to put down and hard to forget. You will not forget it. — Randall E. Phillips

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Here is an interesting article about What It Feels Like to Die from our friends at LifeHacker.

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