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June 04, 2007

Review: The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn

2007 Finishes: Books

The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn by Janis Hallowell
Genre: Literature
Pages: 310
Rating: 4.4

A homeless man has a vision that a teen girl at a local restaurant is actually an incarnation of the Virgin Mary. He spreads his message, the media becomes involved - and then she begins to perform miracles. And then what? This novel shows the affects of these extraordinary events on the girl and the people around her. It's a very interesting concept, and Hallowell executes it well. The narration, which alternates between several main characters, has an ethereal quality that helps hide the literal "truth" and makes everything seem vaguely, but not quite, magical. In the midst of this mystical atmosphere, Hallowell tackles some interesting questions of faith, truth, and responsibility.

Posted by Kat at June 4, 2007 09:25 AM

A quick glance at the title of this post had me thinking it was The Assassination of... instead of The Anunciation of..., so it was exciting to read the blurb. It sounds like something I might like.

Posted by: sprite at June 4, 2007 09:51 AM

Sounds really interesting. Although after reading a few of the recent reviews (and finding several available on Audible), I'm pretty sure that I'll never get anything done if I continue to follow your recommendations. Of course, there are worse ways to spend your life than reading continuously... ;)

Posted by: Lene at June 5, 2007 11:19 PM

Double-commenting between here and LJ, in a vast conspiracy to get more people to read more books ;) This seems to me like it shares some themes with "Secrets of Sant'Angelo," by Jeff Shapiro

Posted by: Eliz at June 7, 2007 10:20 PM
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