Nixon Under the Bodhi Tree and Other Works of Buddhist Fiction edited by Kate Wheeler.

Wisdom Publications.

this marvelous collection of nearly 30 specimens of Buddhist fiction shows not only the promise of a genre that is scarcely known as such, but what has already been accomplished by the small but growing band of writers melding the truth of dharma with the invention of fiction. From German filmmaker-novelist Dorris Dörrie’s unflinching depiction of the “sheer torture” of meditation to an excerpt from Keith Kachtick’s remarkable 2003 novel Hungry Ghost, and from works shorter than a page to stories that run several thousand words, the pieces gathered here explore the mundane and the metaphysical with cold eyes and warm hearts. Together, they comprise a captivating view of the landscape of mindfulness.