Friday, October 26, 2007
Demon, a Memoir
I am highly recommending Tosca Lee's debut novel, Demon, A Memoir. This is a novel that will stick with you. That you'll think about for days later. I still ponder it and see new layers of meaning. This is one book you should not miss.
Demon is beautifully written. Lovely prose. Great use of emotion. Tosca Lee describes ethereal scenes we know happened--because the Bible says so--in ways that will make you understand them, see and hear them, like never before.
I was completely drawn in by this book. I learned things about the Bible, about myself. I will not read the Creation story, or the story of Lucifer's fall again without picturing the scenes described in Demon.
Back cover copy:
One night changes everything.
Recently divorced and mired in a meaningless existence, Clay drifts from his drab apartment to his equally lusterless job as an editor for a small Boston press—until the night Lucian finds him and everything changes with the simple words: “I’m going to tell you my story… and you’re going to write it down and publish it.”
What begins as a mystery soon spirals into chaotic obsession as Clay struggles to piece together Lucian’s dark tale of love, ambition, and grace…only to discover that the demon’s story has become his own.
And then only one thing matters: learning how the story ends.
Ah, yes, and how does it end? I had no idea. And I think it ends brilliantly.
BHCC members--this is not a scary book. It's labeled "contemporary," not "suspense." No excuses here. Read it.
Read the first chapter.
In addition to reading the first chapter--and you'll be glad you did--check out this "Story behind the story."
Tosca is now at work on her second book, Havah: the story of Eve.