A NovelBook - 2006
It starts with a strange tightness in her chest, followed by avision. A boy she doesn't recognize. A man falling through ice. And finallythe serene face of Honora, her dead sister. Mabel doesn't know why she hasthese "daydreams." As a young English girl at the dawn of the 20thcentury, all Mabel knows is that she desperately wants to understand thesepowerful, shameful episodes that make her so different. Immigrating to Canada, Mabel tries to cover her secret life witha veneer of normalcy, yet she is propelled into confronting her gift. Shebecomes Madame Zee, disciple and lover to Brother XII, a charismaticSpiritualist cult leader installed in a Utopian colony on the verdant easternshores of Vancouver Island. Then, in one shattering moment, Mabel must choosebetween her dream of understanding and the reality of truth. In her re-imagining of Madame Zee--a mysterious historicalcharacter known only for her cruelty and sexual conquests--Pearl Luke gives usa searing and magical novel shot through with profound sensitivity.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: LUK
Characteristics: 370 p. ;,23 cm