Winner of the 2016 Pinnacle Achievement Book Award for historical fiction
While Ugandans suffer indescribable horrors during the days of Idi Amin, self-assured Stephen O’Connell escapes a a checkered past to seek a new life in the City, where fresh ideas—and people, like the brilliant anti-feminist Madeleine Benson, musical genius Bryce, and earthy Julie—pull his soul in opposing directions. ‘By chance’ he prevents the murder of a Ugandan refugee, catapulting him irrevocably into a world of both need and danger.
Black-and-white thinking is of no help to Stephen when he encounters the blood-red reality of violence in East Africa as a project developer some years later. When a case of mistaken identity nearly destroys his career, he must start afresh in a ‘civilized’ place where safety remains elusive. Friends and colleagues, both African and Western, all work dramatically to make the world a better place: Who will succeed in the end? Only a healing relationship that can move Stephen from despair to hope, and gets him past the ‘wrong side’ of eternity. The story is set in overlapping worlds of West Coast America and Rural Uganda between the late 1970s and 2001. Here, Andrew Greeley’s spiritually-spiced narrative style joins with a setting similar to Kingsolver’s ThePoisonwood Bible. The story’s depth, intrigue, and tantalizing use of symbol will engage readers who wonder about human resilience and how spirituality works in the face of tragedy, and appeal to anyone feeling marginalized in a complex world. In contrast to entirely horrific accounts of Rwanda’s genocide, it dares to offer situational humor, insight, and especially Hope.
Historical Fiction, 361 pp, retail $14.99, $5.99 for e-book. Available on amazon.com and other venues (2nd Look Books in Spokane) ISBN 978-1519502605
Michael and the Ice Princess: A Mystical Romance Now on Kindle!
was first published in London by AVON Books in 1997.
Lyrically adapting the teachings of the medieval mystics into story form, Mary Mendenhall spins a classic tale while introducing us to spiritual giants of long ago. Reminiscent of the storytelling styles of Elizabeth Goudge and George MacDonald, her fresh presentation of the enduring quest story is a fascinating literary introduction to mystical thought on the nature of self-discovery, spiritual power, and psychological freedom from the past. Emotionally and spiritually engaging, Michael and the Ice Princess is a journey through the world of sages of the past who still have much to say to lost pilgrims —and modern souls.
Readers' comments are available in the 'reviews' section of this website. Please order directly through amazon.com or the URL below. ISBN 1463581866 URL www.createspace.com/3614931 The book's cover is based on a legend, "King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid" and was painted in 1884 by Edward Burne-Jones. It is housed in the Tate Gallery in London.