Resurrection

Resurrection

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by Tucker Malarkey
     
 

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A lost past. A hidden Gospel. A shocking discovery.

It's 1948, and British nurse Gemma Bastian travels to Cairo to close the affairs of her late father, staying at the home of David Lazar, her father's oldest friend, and his enigmatic sons. While she's there she stumbles across her father's last and most closely guarded archaeological project, one that… See more details below

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A lost past. A hidden Gospel. A shocking discovery.

It's 1948, and British nurse Gemma Bastian travels to Cairo to close the affairs of her late father, staying at the home of David Lazar, her father's oldest friend, and his enigmatic sons. While she's there she stumbles across her father's last and most closely guarded archaeological project, one that could change the Christian world forever: the discovery of the legendary Lost Gospels. Torn between two brothers and beset by ominous warnings, Gemma finds herself caught in an intricate web of love and betrayal where she fights to resurrect her own shattered life and a faith that was lost to all of humanity.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Listen up, Da Vinci Code fans: Tin House founding editor Malarkey (An Obvious Enchantment) has dreamed up a story featuring Mary Magdalene as the first apostle. At least, that's the idea Gemma Bastian starts chasing after traveling to post-World War II Cairo to follow up on her late archaeologist father's final project: uncovering the Gnostic Gospels. With a national tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
USA Today
Resurrection is a story of renewed faith inspired by gospels said to have been squelched by early Christian leaders. But Resurrection also is the story of the brave Gemma who, because she's a woman, and a stubborn one at that, must fight social, cultural and religious restrictions to pursue the events surrounding her father's death....Malarkey, whose first novel, An Obvious Enchantment , dealt with African Islam, writes deftly about spiritual discovery, and the religious history she weaves into her story gives the novel some heft.
People
The author of An Obvious Enchantment weaves the discovery of the Gnostic gospels into an elegantly written thriller.
Booklist
Although some readers may enjoy Malarkey's novel simply as a literary thriller, many will find themselves wrestling with theological conundrums. In fact, controversy will surely surround this novel, as readers who hail it as a daring exposé clash with those who see it as a slander against their faith.
Strandbooks.com
Drawn from actual events, Resurrection is a fascinating and engaging new novel.
Publishers Weekly
A temperate entry in the rapidly overheating Da Vinci Code sweepstakes, Malarkey's second novel (following An Obvious Enchantment) illuminates the spiritual yearnings underlying and bolstering that boffo megaseller's more sensationalistic elements. Set in Egypt just after WWII, the novel fictionalizes the discovery of the Gnostic gospels, early Christian writings whose explosive intimations-that a growing nonauthoritarian sect was suppressed as Christianity was incorporated into the Roman empire-have been expertly explored by the great scholar Elaine Pagels. Malarkey, a founding editor of Tin House, is clearly enamored of these writings, but she makes a hash of the intrigue around their discovery. A faulty sense of period (a character at one point anachronistically calls for "security") and characters and situations straight from romance fiction ("This is the most beautiful part of the horse, and, I think, some women") mix uneasily with fairly sophisticated Bible readings, as young Brit Gemma Bastian follows her archeologist father to Cairo and gets mixed up with the household of his friend David Lazar-and David's sons. Such criticisms would be quibbles if Resurrection possessed the pulpy energy of Da Vinci, but it doesn't. Budding Gnostics and Essenes would be better off going straight to Pagels. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Investigating her father's mysterious death in post-WW2 Cairo, a young woman finds herself on the trail of the Lost (Gnostic) Gospels; there is also a flickering love interest in this second novel from Malarkey (An Obvious Enchantment, 2000). Gemma Bastian is a nurse in London. She lost her mother in the Blitz; then her father, an archaeologist, left for Egypt. Now it's 1947, and Gemma is off to Cairo herself; her father has died of a heart attack, and she will stay with his friends. David Lazar is an Englishman; his second wife is Egyptian; his children are half-brothers. There's Michael (a morphine addict, drowning in self-pity because of his injuries as a fighter pilot) and Anthony (another archaeologist, calm, aloof); Gemma will spar and flirt with the still-sexy Michael while she pushes Anthony for information on her father's research. He had achieved a breakthrough and was expecting money before being found dead in his office after his client, a British Museum official, was killed by a rock slide. It smells bad. Who is the ginger-haired guy she surprises in her father's office? Why is he following her? And why is Anthony stonewalling? Gemma is her father's daughter, a smart, fearless loner, and realizes her father had unearthed one of the Lost Gospels (as a young man, he had left the seminary after a similar discovery). Sinister machinations by the Catholic church; the elevation of Mary Magdalene-yes, there are some similarities to The Da Vinci Code here. But Malarkey assures us that her many gospel quotations are authentic (and credits The Gnostic Gospels, by Elaine Pagels). Her mix of shattering scriptural revelations and skullduggery should be combustible, but the fire nevercatches. The murders (four, at least) generate little excitement (this is Egypt; stuff happens) and the sheer number of different gospels in circulation becomes confusing. All this, and the bombing of Cairo by the Israelis? It's way too much. Passable entertainment; could have been much better.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101217467
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/03/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
431,532
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Peg Patton
Peg Patton, Front Street Book Shop, Scituate Harbor, MA
Fans of Maisie Dobbs will love Gemma Bastian and this richly detailed, well-paced novel.
Angela Crist
Angela Crist, The Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA
This is a suspenseful love story peopled with a mix of fictional and historical characters. Tucker Malarkey has created a wonderful fiction based on the sketchy history of the Gnostic Gospels.

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