Mary Doria Russell has been called one of the most versatile writers in contemporary American literature. Her novels are critically acclaimed, commercial successes. They are also studied in literature, theology and history courses in colleges and universities across the United States. Mary’s guest lectures have proved popular from New Zealand to Germany as well as in the U.S. and Canada.
Her debut novel, The Sparrow, is considered a classic of speculative fiction, combining elements of First Contact sci fi and a tense courtroom drama. Its sequel, Children of God, is a sweeping three-generation family saga. Through the voices of unforgettable characters, these novels raise respectful but challenging fundamental questions about religion and faith. Together, the books have won eight regional, national and international awards.