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In a Carmelite monastery outside present-day Los Angeles, life goes on in a manner virtually un-changed for centuries. Sister John of the Cross has spent years there in the service of God. And there, she alone experiences visions of such dazzling power and insight that she is looked upon as a spiritual master.

But Sister John's visions are accompanied by powerful headaches, and when a doctor reveals that they may be dangerous, she faces a devastating choice. For if her spiritual gifts are symptoms of illness rather than grace, will a "cure" mean the end of her visions and a soul once again dry and searching?

This is the dilemma at the heart of Mark Salzman's spare, astonishing new novel. With extraordinary dexterity, the author of the best-selling Iron & Silk and The Soloist brings to life the mysterious world of the cloister, giving us a brilliantly realized portrait of women today drawn to the rigors of an ancient religious life, and of one woman's trial at the perilous intersection of faith and reason.

Lying Awake is a novel of remarkable empathy and imagination, and Mark Salzman's most provocative work to date.

About the Author

Mark Salzman is the author of Iron & Silk, Lost in Place, and the previous novels The Laughing Sutra and The Soloist. He lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375406324
Author:
Shieldhouse, Stephanie
Author:
Shieldhouse, Stephanie
Publisher:
Knopf
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Patients
Subject:
Religious fiction
Subject:
Epilepsy
Subject:
Los angeles
Subject:
Visions
Subject:
Epileptics
Subject:
Catholics
Subject:
Los angeles (calif.)
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 5
Publication Date:
20000919
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 ILL BY STEPHANIE SHIELDHOUSE
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.33x6.06x1.36 in. .69 lbs.

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