A compelling sympathy of the faiths that fill the gap between who we set out to be and who we ultimately become
powerful debut novel about a priest who has lost his church, his
mentor, and, most upsetting, his ability to pray. How can Father Dominic
protect or guide his parish when everything he loves falls away? How
can he counsel Dolores, a troubled teenager prone to emotional panic and
spiritual monomania? Or James, a promising African American pianist,
struggling to realize his artistic ambitions by bringing his own voice
to a piece that has been played by the world's most brilliant pianists,
Bach's Goldberg Variations.
Into this malaise comes
Andrea, a sophisticated New York editor attracted at first by Dom's blog
and then by the man himself. Dom's journey from the cloth into the
secular world will offer carnal knowledge, but also something deeper, a
more resistant knowledge as life fails to offer happiness or redemption.
In prose both searching and muscular, John Donatich's The Variations
has located the right metaphor for our spiritual crisis in this story
of one man's spiritual disillusion and ache for self-knowledge.
Did Not Finish: I received this book from the publisher for review, but I have not been able to get through it. I wasn't able to get into the story, and the creepy way the priest kept focusing on young girls' legs and skin and such left me feeling sleazy. Perhaps I'll get back to it at a later date, but right now I have no desire.