A novel of exquisite shocks and steady control, a beautiful paradox of a book, unsettling and strange and wonderfully readable. — award-winning Irish author Frank McGuinness
An extraordinary debut. — award-winning Australian author John Clanchy
Follow Ezekiel Yusuf Moran, a 99-year old homeopath, synesthete and French Résistance fighter as, over a week, he recounts his life story to his grandson, Daniel. Ezekiel draws an affecting and inspiring picture of life in Provencal France before, during and after World War II. He engages us with a spiritualism hard to identify in our present day secular worldview. As the week passes, the intimate narrative of his life unfolds, his childhood and coming of age in Provence, his lost love, his survival of Auschwitz and his odyssey around the world searching for meaning until he finally finds purpose. What is it Ezekiel finds that finally gives his life meaning again? And what can we learn from this “strange and wonderfully readable book”?
Similar to Marilynne Robinson’s character Reverend Ames in GILEAD, or the spiritual realism of novels by Carlos Castaneda and Ben Okri, Ezekiel reminds us that past pain doesn’t always have to be prologue to future sorrows. Read it now.