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.


Once Upon a Dream... said...

I've added this one to my book wishlist Brandilyn. Have a great day.

Two Sisters said...

Somebody brought this to me from their ICRS trip and it's been calling to me from my bookshelf. Thanks for the review. I think I'll read it.


Christina Berry said...

I, too, found new meaning in all of history when reading this--from before our world began, to the crucifixion of our Lord, to the life I live today. So deep, yet not a "scholarly" book.

I've been talking it up to my pastor and he can't wait to read it!

Julie Carobini said...

The story behind the story is

Kristin said...

Demon is one of those fantastic books you want to share with everyone you know.

Eileen said...

Thank you Brandilyn for intoducing us to *Demon.* I read the first chapter thanks to the link you provided and...although I don't read much fiction (might need to change that to say *although I haven't read much fiction in the past*...) I ordered Demon from Amazon today. Excited about getting it -- should be here in about two weeks. Happens that I live overseas and so the book will be couriered over angel. ;) Oh, also last week I listened to your interview on What a treat! Enjoyed it. Have a hunch I'll be ordering some more fiction pretty soon. Thanks, EE