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The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn is a simply written, enjoyable, and sometimes touching story of a modern-day madonna and the madness surrounding her.
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An amazingly assured debut novel about the alluring power of belief, The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who become the object of divine yearning, and the effect such "otherworldly" intervention has on our everyday world.

Review:

"First novelist Hallowell creates convincing characters in circumstances that are never totally black and white. Though examined from all angles, the dilemma is left unresolved, allowing readers to come to their own conclusions about the protagonist's divine powers." Library Journal

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"Though her story and characters are both sometimes labored and her writing stilted, there's a lot to admire in the complexity of the issues Hallowell raises — and in her lack of easy answers." Kirkus Reviews

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"The conceit is snappy, and the narrative moves effortlessly, but the novel lacks a genuine sense of the spiritual lives of its characters." Publishers Weekly

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"As events snowball toward irreversible tragedy, Hallowell makes clear just how illusory and destructive insta-beliefs can be. This book is nothing short of divine." USA Today

Synopsis:

What would happen if an ordinary teenager was suddenly proclaimed a modern-dayHoly Virgin? That is the premise of Janis Hallowell's wise and provocative debut novel, The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn.

A failed prodigy and child of divorce, Francesca Dunn is also an adolescent like any other, trying to find her identity and figure out her place in the world. One night Chester, a visionary homeless man (or an insane one, depending on your point of view) "sees" Francesca hovering over the river, bathed in celestial light. Days later, as Francesca serves meals to the needy in a local café, Chester falls to his knees before her in adoration. Word spreads, hordes of followers converge, and the result is a catastrophic storm of fervent belief and doubt, the relentless and perpetual desire for salvation, possible miracles, and an adolescent trapped by events far beyond her control.

The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn is a beautifully crafted tale about people who pin their hopes for spiritual salvation on a young girl; and how, slowly, surely, and tragically, she comes to believe that she is the divine being they want her to be. At stake for each is nothing less than the fundamental belief in the structure of the world, and the balance between the miraculous and the mundane.

Narrating by turns are four disparate characters who tell the story as they see it: Chester, who smells fear, disease, and holiness and appoints himself Francesca's protector and follower; Anne Dunn, Francesca's paleobotanist mother who places her faith in Darwin and natural selection; Sid, the schoolmate, who wants to use Francesca's new circumstances for her own profit; and Francesca herself, who becomes increasingly deluded by the adoration bestowed upon her.

At once powerful, tender, and humorous, The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn is an astonishing and resonant work from an exciting new talent. With each of its gentle revelations, the novel brings an unforgettable cast of characters to vibrant life as it brilliantly explores the seductive and destructive power of belief.

About the Author

Janis Hallowell has been a potter and a graphic designer.She was awarded an associateship by the Rocky Mountain Women's Institute to write this book. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and daughter.

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Deborah Fochler, December 28, 2007 (view all comments by Deborah Fochler)
Beautifully written, tender, compassionate and a very unusual first novel. Offers much insight into the paranormal, teenagers and even the homeless. A book written with heart and much love. You can tell this novel was a work of love - much thought put into the characters and the story line. Most definitely worth reading. I loved it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060559199
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Hallowell, Janis
Publisher:
William Morrow
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Homeless persons
Subject:
Miracles
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Cults
Subject:
Religious fiction
Subject:
Schizophrenics
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
EDO-PS-01-12
Publication Date:
20040302
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.72x6.06x1.05 in. 1.07 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages William Morrow & Company - English 9780060559199 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn is a simply written, enjoyable, and sometimes touching story of a modern-day madonna and the madness surrounding her.

"Review" by , "First novelist Hallowell creates convincing characters in circumstances that are never totally black and white. Though examined from all angles, the dilemma is left unresolved, allowing readers to come to their own conclusions about the protagonist's divine powers."
"Review" by , "Though her story and characters are both sometimes labored and her writing stilted, there's a lot to admire in the complexity of the issues Hallowell raises — and in her lack of easy answers."
"Review" by , "The conceit is snappy, and the narrative moves effortlessly, but the novel lacks a genuine sense of the spiritual lives of its characters."
"Review" by , "As events snowball toward irreversible tragedy, Hallowell makes clear just how illusory and destructive insta-beliefs can be. This book is nothing short of divine."
"Synopsis" by , What would happen if an ordinary teenager was suddenly proclaimed a modern-dayHoly Virgin? That is the premise of Janis Hallowell's wise and provocative debut novel, The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn.

A failed prodigy and child of divorce, Francesca Dunn is also an adolescent like any other, trying to find her identity and figure out her place in the world. One night Chester, a visionary homeless man (or an insane one, depending on your point of view) "sees" Francesca hovering over the river, bathed in celestial light. Days later, as Francesca serves meals to the needy in a local café, Chester falls to his knees before her in adoration. Word spreads, hordes of followers converge, and the result is a catastrophic storm of fervent belief and doubt, the relentless and perpetual desire for salvation, possible miracles, and an adolescent trapped by events far beyond her control.

The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn is a beautifully crafted tale about people who pin their hopes for spiritual salvation on a young girl; and how, slowly, surely, and tragically, she comes to believe that she is the divine being they want her to be. At stake for each is nothing less than the fundamental belief in the structure of the world, and the balance between the miraculous and the mundane.

Narrating by turns are four disparate characters who tell the story as they see it: Chester, who smells fear, disease, and holiness and appoints himself Francesca's protector and follower; Anne Dunn, Francesca's paleobotanist mother who places her faith in Darwin and natural selection; Sid, the schoolmate, who wants to use Francesca's new circumstances for her own profit; and Francesca herself, who becomes increasingly deluded by the adoration bestowed upon her.

At once powerful, tender, and humorous, The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn is an astonishing and resonant work from an exciting new talent. With each of its gentle revelations, the novel brings an unforgettable cast of characters to vibrant life as it brilliantly explores the seductive and destructive power of belief.

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