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The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn

A Novel

 On Sale: 17/02/2005
 Formats:     Trade paperback
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A remarkable debut novel that 'dares us to imagine mystery in our lives, in our time㿠book that sends us away refreshed, with the potential to see the sacramental in the everyday' – Boston Globe

Told from the viewpoints of four unforgettable characters, The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn is the story of an ordinary girl who is believed to be a modern–day Holy Virgin. At the heart of the story is Francesca: a shy and moody teenager hungry for her absent father's love, she is frightened and intoxicated by her sudden elevation to the rank of divine. Chester is a visionary homeless man who first 'discovers' Francesca and makes himself her protector. Anne is Francesca's no–nonsense mother, whose religion is Darwin and biology. Sid is Francesca's troubled friend, who keeps a few secrets of her own.

Tender and tragic, their intersecting stories probe the need to believe, and the relationship between divinity and madness. Beautifully crafted, here is a compelling first novel that heralds the arrival of a powerful new talent.

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Critical Praise for The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn

“Janis Hallowell writes with lucid grace of madness, divinity, and the tender watershed between the two. Brave and compelling, The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn delves into the characters who yearn for the holy with very human hearts, and reminds us that we must struggle with belief until a blessing is evoked.”
— Donna Gershten, author of Kissing the Virgin's Mouth

ISBN: 9780060559205; ISBN10: 0060559209; Imprint: Harper Perennial ; On Sale: 17/02/2005; Format: Trade paperback; Trimsize: 5 5/16 x 8; Pages: 336; $16.50; Ages: 18 and Up; BISAC1:FIC000000

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