The Rose Of Heaven

Overview

The Rose of Heaven is a tale of the abuse of and desire for power, and the many ways we human beings inflict violence on our fellow creatures.

The year is 1910. In a devout Catholic community in California, a young girl, Rosina, exhibits a tendency for miracles--the ability to heal and bring the dead back to life. Some worship and adore her. Others fear and wish to kill her. And others, like a priest sent by the Vatican and a few opportunistic ...

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Overview

The Rose of Heaven is a tale of the abuse of and desire for power, and the many ways we human beings inflict violence on our fellow creatures.

The year is 1910. In a devout Catholic community in California, a young girl, Rosina, exhibits a tendency for miracles--the ability to heal and bring the dead back to life. Some worship and adore her. Others fear and wish to kill her. And others, like a priest sent by the Vatican and a few opportunistic government operatives, harbor dreadful designs on her phenomenal powers. . .

The witness to these extraordinary events during the years that follow--the narrator of this story--is Rosina's cousin, Pablo. But when Pablo is separated from Rosina and joins the Canadian Army to fight in World War I, he knows he must stay alive and reunite with his cousin . . .and save her from the men who crave to profit from her gift and covet her Divine Touch.

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In this literate dark fantasy from Hemmingson (House of Dreams), Rosina, a poor girl living in California in 1910, discovers that she has the power to heal the lame and resurrect the dead. Her cousin Pablo stands by helplessly as things immediately begin to go wrong. Everyone wants a piece of Rosina-the townspeople begging to be cured; the local priest, who forbids her to heal except in his presence; the U.S. government, which attempts to take her away for testing. Then there's Father O'Hannon, the priest sent by the Vatican to evaluate Rosina's talent. A man of uncertain faith, he becomes obsessed with the girl, leaves the church and marries her mother in order to gain control of her. After O'Hannon teams up with a sordid tent-show revivalist to market Rosina's powers and Pablo discovers that the relationship between his barely pubescent cousin and the ex-priest has turned sexual, the boy leaves. The narrative then focuses on Pablo's attempt to find his prostitute mother and, later, his adventures in France during WWI. Eventually, Pablo returns to America to look for his cousin and discover his own magical destiny. This rather grim tale is a tad predictable, but it's beautifully written, nicely understated and shows a fine sense of its time period. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930997554
  • Publisher: Wildside Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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