by Ann Benson


by Ann Benson



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" . . .and with women, even if you didn't do anything wrong, you gotta apologize. Like this: 'Oh, honey, I'm so sorry, I was a great big s*** and I promise I won't ever do it again.'" He smiled. "There. Just like that." Excellent advice from a homeless man to his new friend, a self-proclaimed Greek god, as he pursues the soul of a mortal woman. By night the painfully mortal Regina Bugbee runs an outreach center near Bellevue Hospital for vulnerable men who fear the larger shelters. By day she cares for the impaired man who would have been her husband, had he not been hurt running toward—not away from—the collapsing Twin Towers. She struggles through this tangled life, striving to reclaim the impossibly blue sky of that jarring day, five years before, when the future arrived.
Then one winter night, the future arrives again. This time it's in the form of a baffling, unconventional and possibly insane stranger who claims to be, of all things, immortal. He's brought to her center by cops after a skirmish with one of her regulars. She thought she'd seen it all, but he's too clean, too sober, and too articulate to fit the usual mold; he's odd and quirky and—above all, fascinating. Despite the skepticism of her coworkers, friends and therapist, Gina digs into his incomprehensible past in an attempt to decipher his mystery.
She enlists the aid of another client, who overcomes his initial dislike and befriends the stranger. Together this mismatched pair embark on a bizarre and convoluted trek through the glories of lower Manhattan, trading their unique perspectives on the nature of the Cosmos. And even though she cannot seem to pin him down, Gina continues to hover over this enigmatic stranger with as much diligence as all her clients, all the while sloshing forward in her quest to find contentment in her own life. A treasured and admired coworker wants to help her find that peace, but Gina cannot bring herself to abandon the hero she once loved.
The stranger has a thing or two to say about that. And he needs something from her, just one small thing, to find his own clarity: he needs her to believe that he is indeed who he says he is.
Easier said than done.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161106419
Publisher: Ann Benson
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ann Benson is the author of four Random House/Delacorte Press historical novels: "The Plague Tales, "The Burning Road", "The Physician's Tale" (The Plague Trilogy), and "Thief of Souls," as well as her fifth novel "Ambrosia," set in post-9/11 New York.

Ms. Benson is the also author of multiple books on beading and needle arts, and the designer of hundreds of beading and needle art designs. She has developed, patented and now manufactures a simple and unique beading loom for small jewelry. As the producer/writer/videographer/animator/narrator of dozens of instructional YouTube videos for beading, embroidery, weaving and more, Ann is renowned for the clarity and precision of her teaching. She is widely recognized as the world's leading expert on beaded crochet.

Ann is happily married to retired Detective Gary Frost. She is the proud mother of two exceptional grown women, and the doting grandmother of Jack, Ella, Elizabeth, Dezarae, Erika, Maddie and Autumn. Mommy of Charlotte, Chihuahua with attitude. She resides in Port Orange, Florida, and South Dennis, Massachusetts.

Ms. Benson is a closet singer, and is always writing something . . .

For more information on Ann's books, and a list of links to all of the free instructional materials she has made available, please visit
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