Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - The Translation of the Bones; Francesca Kay

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating! Want to participate? Post your own WOW entry on your blog, and leave your link at Breaking the Spine. Here's my pick (I think it sounds so good) :

(Scribner - January 3, 2012)

Mary-Margaret O'Reilly is seemingly a harmless enough young woman, ready and willing to help out Father Diamond in the Sacred Heart church in Battersea. She may not be very bright, and she is sadly overweight, but she can certainly clean. She is also very good with children, and helps out an Asian woman on her estate whose little boy Shamso is adorable. 

It is the statue of Jesus on the cross Mary-Margaret is especially drawn to, and one day she decides to give Him a thorough and loving cleansing. But then something strange happens, and moments later she lies unconscious, a great gash in her head, blood on the floor. Word gets out that this strange happening is the opening of the statue's eyes and the flowing of blood from its head. Soon a full-scale religious mania descends on the quiet church, and everyone, from Father Diamond to his small but loyal band of parishioners, is affected by it. When she has recovered, Mary-Margaret returns to the church, and to her duties caring for her housebound and even fatter mother Fidelma. Among the parishioners, Stella Morrison meanwhile impatiently awaits the return of her son Felix from boarding school, and Alice Armitage the return of her much older son from Afghanistan.

Mary-Margaret goes back obsessively to the statue of Jesus. He has told her things, things she must act on, and urgently. But He has become remote and uncommunicative once again, and she is in despair. The act she decides on is a shocking one, and it will bring together the lives of the O'Reillys and the Morrisons in a way that will change their lives forever.

Francesca Kay's second novel, after the prize-winning AN EQUAL STILLNESS, is at once a profound meditation on the nature of faith and motherhood and a riveting story of passion gone tragically wrong.


  1. As usual a good one from all accounts.

  2. Ooh, that sounds like a fabulous story!

  3. This is a new one for me! Sounds promising!!

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  4. I am so glad I found this blog. I'm always waiting for one book or another.

  5. This does sound like an interesting read and one that I would love to check out sometime. I hadn't heard of this one before, but now it's made its way onto my list!

  6. Oh, this one does sound weirdly captivating...the kind of thing I can't help but want to read. Thanks!

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  8. I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds so intriguing. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  9. This one's new to me and it's not what I would have expected from the title alone (sounds like something paranormal).

  10. I have got to read The Translation of the Bones! Just added it to my wish list.

  11. I've never heard of this one before but it sounds intriguing. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  12. Sounds like an intresting read. And I love the picture you chose for your header.

    Here's my pick for this week.

  13. I may have accidentally commented twice, but it didn't show up so here we go again.

    Great pick. It sounds really interesting.

    I also really love the picture you chose for your header.

    Here is my pick for this week:

  14. Sounds interesting..I've never heard of either of her books!

  15. WOW! This is the first time I've seen such a mesmerized cover! Stunningly attention drawer!! Love the synopsis! Great choice! Thank you for sharing!

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