Catalogue Record details
Publication year: 2018
Media class: Talking book - CD
Publisher: Bolinda/MacMillan Audio
Maggie is entirely devoted to her husband Thomas, their two beautiful children, and to God. But then what begins as innocent letter writing with poet James starts to become something far more erotically charged, their meeting of minds threatening to become a meeting of bodies. As everything Maggie believes in is thrown into doubt the reader is drawn ever deeper into the battleground of her soul. 'Fire Sermon' by Jamie Quatro is a daring debut novel of obsession, desire and salvation that shows the radical light and dark of love itself. This is a visceral, rich and devastating portrait of life and loves lived and lost that cannot fail to echo in your own experience.
Can this really be a debut novel? The writing is perfect, and each of the characters totally believable. Put aside any concerns that Maggie's Christian faith will be an irritant to enjoying this: it is intrinsic to understanding her and her actions, and also to navigating the bold structure of the novel.