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The Gargoyle
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A New York Times Bestseller

The Gargoyle the mesmerizing story of one man's descent into personal hell and his quest for salvation.

On a dark road in the middle of the night, a car plunges into a ravine. The driver survives the crash, but his injuries confine him to a hospital burn unit. There the mysterious Marianne Engel, a sculptress of grotesques, enters his life. She insists they were lovers in medieval Germany, when he was a mercenary and she was a scribe in the monastery of Engelthal. As she spins the story of their past lives together, the man's disbelief falters; soon, even the impossible can no longer be dismissed.

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About the Author

ANDREW DAVIDSON was born in Pinawa, Manitoba, and graduated in 1995 from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in English literature. He has worked as a teacher in Japan, where he has lived on and off, and as a writer of English lessons for Japanese Web sites. The Gargoyle, the product of seven years' worth of research and composition, is his first book. Davidson lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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The debut from Winnipeg writer Davidson is a sweeping tale of undying love between a burn victim and a sculptress of gargoyles who claims the pair have been lovers throughout ancient times. Brought to life in a spirited yet intensely personal reading by Lincoln Hoppe, the story resonates well beyond the first listen. Hoppe reads with tremendous passion and intensity, never going over the top, but always drawing his audience into the tale with a raw performance. Through suffering, pain, hatred and love, Hoppe captures the very essence of this enthralling tale and allows listeners to journey along wherever the tale goes. A Doubleday hardcover (Reviews, June 16). (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

At a modern-day hospital burn ward, a patient recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident is approached by a woman claiming to have been his lover in another lifetime. Davidson believably weaves historical detail into his first novel, adeptly developing even the most minor characters. Actor/screenwriter Lincoln Hoppe (www.lincolnhoppe.com), meanwhile, performs the lead character's role to perfection with a gravelly, fire-damaged voice, and he incorporates a variety of accents and languages into his narration. Both an excellent piece of literature and an excellent work of narration, this should be considered for purchase by all public libraries. [Audio clip available through library.booksontape.com and www.randomhouse.com/audio; the Doubleday hc, one of the most buzzed about books of the summer, was recommended "for all libraries," LJ 6/1/08.-Ed.]-Johannah Genett, Hennepin Cty. Lib., Minneapolis Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Spellbinding. . . . A page-turning adventure that will keep you reading well past bedtime." --The Boston Globe"An undeniably hot book. . . . It's as engrossing as it is gruesome, the kind of horror you watch with one eye closed. . . . A hell of a story." --The Washington Post"Take a deep breath and plunge into this novel. It's a tale of love and redemption told through Davidson's haunting prose. " --USA Today"A transportingly unhinged debut. . . . Vigorous and impressive." --The New York Times "Keeps the pages turning." --The Plain Dealer "Take a deep breath and plunge into this novel. It's a tale of love and redemption told through Davidson's haunting prose." --USA Today "Mr. Davidson skillfully assembles a centuries-old puzzle involving a series of fables of undying love. . . . The reader is kept guessing until the final pages." --The Wall Street Journal"Mixes medical drama with medieval religious lore to explore the boundaries of faith and forgiveness. . . . Compelling." --San Francisco Chronicle "Reads like the mad spawn of Anne Rice and Stephen King." --Providence Journal "Original and highly addictive. . . . Captivating. . . . An impressive, memorable debut." --The Denver Post "A story that sweeps us in with no protest. You want to be lost in its pages. . . . The real tragedy of this book is that it ends." --Daily News"Beguiling. . . . Mixing romance, classic allusion and reality, Davidson's debut is a bravura performance." --Marie Claire"I was blown away by Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle. It reminded me of Life of Pi, with its unanswered (and unanswerable) contradictions. A hypnotic, horrifying, astonishing novel that manages, against all odds, to be redemptive." --Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants"The Gargoyle is purely and simply an amazement, a riot, a blast. It's hard to believe that this is Andrew Davidson's first novel: He barrels out of the chute with the narrative brio and confidence, not to mention the courage, of a seasoned master. This book plucks the reader off the ground and whirls her through the air until she shouts from sheer abandonment and joy. What a great, grand treat." --Peter Straub

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