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Mary Petrie presents 'At the End of Magic'


Leilani O’Brien is relieved when her husband and four-year-old daughter, Holly, are killed in a car accident. Glad to be freed from a failing marriage and the demands of motherhood—and horrified by these feelings—she settles on suicide as her only option. Across town, college senior Delphi begins to ‘see’ Holly—a persistent image begging for help. Skeptical and scared, Delphi eventually acquiesces to both her psychic gifts and Holly’s pleas, until she stumbles into an unthinkable betrayal and finds herself searching for two missing mothers, Holly’s and her own.


Mary Petrie, Ph.D., teaches English as well as Gender & Women’s Studies at Inver Hills Community College. Mary founded the latter department, which offers an A.A. with emphasis, and she loves teaching, but she is, at heart, a writer. After graduating magna cum laude from Hamline University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies, she decided to pursue an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. Because she didn’t have the requisite writing samples, but did make a blue-ribbon impression with her perfect score on the reasoning portion of the GRE (something she shared with a physics major applying to the U of M), she was advised to follow a doctorate track in American Literature.

“I hadn’t thought about getting my Ph.D.,” Mary said. “I just wanted to be a writer.”

Originally from Milwaukee, Wis., but raised in rural Faribault, Minnesota, Mary Petrie resides with her family in St. Paul. Along with their three children, Mary and her husband have two dogs, B.O.C., aka Big Old Canine, a 5-year-old, 80-pound Treeing Walker coonhound, and Scruffy, a 9-year-old mutt.

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