Grand Central Pub In his debut novel, Golding makes sense of the current AIDS crisis as he envisions another time and place transformed by a fatal horror. Take a journey back six centuries to a secluded island in the Venice lagoon--a wondrous place where superstition reigns and life and death are created by magical equations.
Baker & Taylor A corpse that washes up on the shore of a mysterious island off the coast of Venice spells dramatic changes in the lives of the island's inhabitants, in a tale of love, revenge, and struggle against nature set in fourteenth-century Italy
Blackwell North Amer With an original, captivating new voice in American literature, Michael Golding brings us a narrative iridescent with the colors and textures of medieval Italy. Steeped in mystical lore and magical realism, Simple Prayers creates a world we know all too well...a world where nature has been thrown off balance and where the passions and pleasures of daily life may prove fatal. Enter the fourteenth century on an Italian island in the Venice lagoon, a world where superstition reigns, where life and death are created by magical equations, where the land holds simple truths. A corpse with black welts washes up on this rustic island's quiet shores, foreshadowing great change among the villagers who are at once larger than life and more real than the neighbors next door. Here is Albertino, a simple fruit and vegetable vendor whose only luxuries are the cherished ornate boxes he collects. Here is Ermenegilda, the spoiled, obese daughter of the island's only wealthy family, who makes Albertino the unlikely object of her love. Here is Miriam, the exquisite stranger with a secret, who steals hearts of two young men. Here, too, is the ethereal young girl with the power to heal everything but the cruel heart of her own mother. These and the other villagers of Riva di Pignoli create a mesmerizing world of hope and desire even as the specter of the corpse looms from the shadows on the shore. As no one is immune to the change that suddenly permeates the island, no reader will be immune to the transcendent beauty of this magnificent novel.
Baker & Taylor A corpse that washes up on the shore of a mysterious island off the coast of Venice spells dramatic changes in the lives of the island's inhabitants, in a magical tale set in fourteenth-century Italy. A first novel. National ad/promo. Tour.