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By: Shanti Arts
Witness Chair is a beautifully written personal memoir and a compassionate guidebook to the art of living in the face of suffering and death. What makes the book unique, however, is the connection made by the author between her experiences during the final year of her husband's life and the historical events of the Salem Witch Trials. In his last years, artist Christopher Horton, the author's husband, worked on the design of sixteen "chair" maquettes in preparation for an art installation to commemorate the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. In reflecting on her long marriage and the difficult months before her husband's death from leukemia, author Sherry Horton draws on the unsettling yet powerful significance of the various chairs, seeing her life and the death of her husband through the concepts of accusation, displacement, rumor, captivity, and heaven.
Leah Leatherbee describes Witness Chair as a "quietly searing account of the unspoken," and Bernie Siegel soberly remarks: "In love's service and the process of life and healing, only the wounded soldier can serve. Read Sherry's words and understand why."
Sherry Horton retired from the the University of Hartford (Connecticut)
Witness Chair: A Memoir of Art, Marriage, and Loss is a publication of Shanti Arts Publishing in Brunswick, Maine. The book may be purchased through all major online booksellers and may be found in select bookstores. A digital edition is available through most sellers of ebooks.