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The Mercy of Thin Airby Ronlyn Domingue
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New Orleans, 1920s. Raziela Nolan is in the throes of a magnificent love affair when she dies in a tragic accident. In an instant, she leaves behind her one true love and her dream of becoming a doctor — but somehow, she still remains. Immediately after her death, Razi chooses to stay between — a realm that exists after life and before whatever lies beyond it.
From this remarkable vantage point, Razi narrates the stories of her lost love, Andrew, and the relationship of Amy and Scott, a couple whose house she haunts almost seventy-five years later. The Mercy of Thin Air entwines these two fateful and redemptive love stories that echo across three generations. From ambitious, forward-thinking Razi, who illegally slips birth control guides into library books; to hip Web designer Amy, who begins to fall off the edge of grief; to Eugenia, caught between since the Civil War, the characters in this wondrous novel sing with life. Evoking the power of love, memory, and time, The Mercy of Thin Air culminates in a startling finish that will leave readers breathless.
"The novel lacks a fully distinctive voice, but is certainly several cuts above the genre mysteries and historicals it most resembles." Publishers Weekly
"[T]he well-drawn characters of Razi and Amy ensure that this is an engaging tale." Booklist
"[E]ntrancing and ethereal." Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Through the alchemy of Domingue's rich, lovely prose we are transported back and forth through time." The Boston Globe
"Debut novelist Domingue weaves a tapestry of lost spirits and misplaced loves." Kirkus Reviews
"Blending the practical matters of marriage with the sentimental, Domingue has fashioned an emotionally satisfying story of love and longing." Washington Post
"Domingue's unique protagonist might make readers change the way they think about ghosts — whether they believe in them or not." Orlando Sentinel
"Domingue's vision of the shifting, shadowy world of the dead is convincing and surprisingly affecting...and stays just the right side of romantic." Daily Mail (London)
"...Domingue...has written a hopeful, inspired debut that lands her sure-footedly on literary soil as a talented young novelist." Hartford Courant
In 1920s New Orleans, Raziela Nolan is in the throes of a magnificent love affair when she dies in a tragic accident. She narrates the story of her lost love, as well as the relationship of the couple whose house she haunts more than 75 years later. The couple's trials compel Razi to slowly unravel the mystery of what happened to her first and only love, and to confront a long-hidden secret.
About the Author
Ronlyn Domingue was a finalist for the 2005 Borders Original Voices Award. Her work has appeared in New England Review, Clackamas Literary Review, New Delta Review, and The Independent (UK). She lives in Louisiana with her partner, Todd, and their cats.
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