Maybe To­mor­row I’ll See It All From Heaven

Litzine, Jill Man­drake, 16 pgs, Van­cou­ver Desk­top/geist, geist.com, $5

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Rev­erend Sweet is back from a re­treat and an en­counter with a di­vine ap­pari­tion, and she’s look­ing for lives to change. She even brought a song to sing when­ever you’re afraid: “Maybe to­mor­row I’ll see it all from heaven / I’ll eat my mid­night snack in heaven just when mid­night comes.”

Alice, her only parish­ioner, isn’t game. “[I]f you sing or whis­tle when you’re afraid,” she sur­mises, “then who­ever hears you knows you’re afraid.”

These two con­nected sto­ries from Jill Man­drake — one told from the per­spec­tive of each char­ac­ter — first ap­peared in Prism In­ter­na­tional in 1977, but they’re not dated in the slight­est. The less-than-holy rev­erend could be hold­ing court in any decade, and the plot twist that ar­rives in Alice’s half is as un­ex­pected now as it would have been 40 years ago.

Maybe To­mor­row is a quick and sat­is­fy­ing read. Man­drake’s voice is clever and un­en­cum­bered, and she es­tab­lishes be­liev­able per­son­al­i­ties in her char­ac­ters in short or­der. (Scott Bryson)

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