Synopses & Reviews
A remarkable debut novel that 'dares us to imagine mystery in our lives, in our time
A book that sends us away refreshed, with the potential to see the sacramental in the everyday' - Boston Globe
Told from the viewpoints of four unforgettable characters, The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn is the story of an ordinary girl who is believed to be a modern-day Holy Virgin. At the heart of the story is Francesca: a shy and moody teenager hungry for her absent father's love, she is frightened and intoxicated by her sudden elevation to the rank of divine. Chester is a visionary homeless man who first 'discovers' Francesca and makes himself her protector. Anne is Francesca's no-nonsense mother, whose religion is Darwin and biology. Sid is Francesca's troubled friend, who keeps a few secrets of her own.
Tender and tragic, their intersecting stories probe the need to believe, and the relationship between divinity and madness. Beautifully crafted, here is a compelling first novel that heralds the arrival of a powerful new talent.
“Provocative and suspenseful.” People & #150;4 stars, Critic's Choice
“Janis Hallowell writes with lucid grace...” Donna Gershten, author of Kissing the Virgin's Mouth
“Skillfull ... delightful ...charming .... the characters are quirky, troubled, and appealing, and wed be willing to follow them just about anywhere.” Boulder Daily Camera
“An intriguing and memorable look at what might happen if a modern-day miracle did occur.” Booklist
“THE ANNUNCIATION OF FRANCESCA DUNN asks poignant emotional questions, striving to define reality and redemption in a troubled world.” Rocky Mountain News
“Beautifully written and brimming with strong, appealingly eccentric characters...raises intriguing questions about the nature of contemporary faith and religion.” BookPage
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. But when a homeless man falls to his knees before her in adoration, she finds herself in the center of a storm of fervent belief and doubt.
The Annunciation of Francesca Dunnis 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.
About the Author
Janis Hallowell, author of The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn, is a MacDowell Fellow, and her short fiction has been published in Ploughshares. She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter.