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The second book in Anne Rice's hugely ambitious and masterful life of Christ.
It's a winter of no rain, endless dust, and talk of trouble in Judea. All who know and love Jesus find themselves waiting for some sign of the path he will eventually take. After his baptism, he is at last ready to confront his destiny. At the wedding at Cana, he takes water and transforms it into red wine. Thus, he's recognized as the anointed one and called by God the Father to begin a ministry that will transform an unsuspecting world.
“Hypnotic, incantatory. . . . Readers will be lured by the promise of simply rendered holiness.” —The New York Times
“Rice couples her writing talents with the zeal of a recent convert and a passion for historical research. . . . Remarkable for Rice's prose and rich sensory detail.” —Christianity Today
“A masterful book written by an extraordinary writer at the height of her powers.” —All Things Considered
“Beautifully observed…. An intimate family saga of love, sorrow, and misunderstanding.” —The Denver Post
“A remarkable achievement. . . . An engaging story told within the structure of biblical narrative and theological orthodoxy.” —Father Richard Neuhaus, publisher, First Things
“Convincing and compelling. Another winner.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“[A] beautifully observed novel . . . Rice undertakes a delicate balance here: if it is possible to create a character that is simultaneously fully human and fully divine, as ancient Christian creeds assert, then Rice succeeds.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Anne Rice knows how to make that old story come alive for her readers.” —Susan Larson, The Times-Picayune
“A powerful account of Christ’s humanity while staying true to orthodox Christianity. Her well-drawn, believable supporting characters add to a vivid captivating story . . . a novel that both religious and secular audiences can appreciate and enjoy; highly recommended for all fiction collections.” —Library Journal (starred)