In the 1480s, twin sister healers in a remote village in the mountainous Barbagia region of Sardinia encounter a heretic-obsessed Spanish priest.Antonio Alb�ndiga is sent to Sardinia after mishaps in his homeland, and is eventually banished to the village of Orune. Half the villagers�including Sarda and Shardana�follow a pre-Christian religion, while the other half observe a makeshift version of Catholicism and paganism. Hate holds the priest's heart hostage, and he scorns Sarda and Shardana's adherence to ancient ways. Despite their suspicions, the healers and their village attempt not only to accept the stranger but to transform him.
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About the Author
Mary Saracino is a novelist, poet, and memoir writer who lives in Denver. Colorado. Her novel The Singing of Swans (Pearlsong Press, 2006) was a 2007 Lambda Literary Awards finalist. She is the co-editor of She is Everywhere! Volume 3: An Anthology of Writings in Womanist/Feminist Spirituality, which earned the 2013 Enheduanna Award for Excellence in Women-Centered Literature from Sofia University. Mary's short story "Vicky's Secret" earned the 2007 Glass Woman Prize.Mary's other book-length work includes the novels No Matter What and Finding Grace and the memoir Voices of the Soft-bellied Warrior. Her poetry and stories have been published in a variety of literary and cultural journals and anthologies. She is a member of the editorial board for Return to Mago: Magoism, the Way of S/HE, a writing coach/teacher/editor, and the founder of MOTHEROOT, which offers embodied art-making and creative writing workshops and classes centered on the Dark Mother/Divine Female.