By James Morrow
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Nominated - Nebula 1990, received - WFA 1991, Nominated - Mythopoeic 1991, Nominated - Locus fable 1991, Nominated - Campbell 1991
Murray Katz, the celibate keeper of an deserted lighthouse close to Atlantic urban, has been blessed with a daughter conceived of his personal seed and a holy ovum. Like her part brother Jesus, Julie Katz can stroll on water, heal the blind, and lift the useless. yet being the Messiah isn't effortless, and Julie, bewildered by means of her position within the divine scheme of items, is tempted through the satan and challenged via neo- Christian zealots during this energetic odyssey via Hell and New Jersey.
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In Murray, she'd clearly found for her pregnancy, for her crazy interventhe ideal audience — baby a latent genius), for her grandiose questions about human existence. She was a nonpracticing Catholic and a dabbler in feminist paganism. She was a dreamer and a pragmatist, a hardheaded mystic who used numerology to find her perpetually misplaced keys and pyramidology to keep her Swiss Army knife sharp. She covered her bases. For Georgina Sparks, a brilliant child was at once something you calculated into existence through preschool stimulation and something you allowed to happen through cosmic openness.
Deity. " glassy cadence from the laundry They were dining and Margate a thunderstorm. Georgina looked up from like a crystalline clock tolling the hour. " 38 JAMES MORROW her plate and smiled, a noose of spaghetti dangling from her mouth. "Something is on the wing/' she said. The storm was blowing out to sea; the world seemed scrubbed, the air squeaky clean. " Georgina the neo-Catholic. " Georgina the pagan priestess. Tree branches ticked against the kitchen window. Murray retrieved the Coleman lantern from the pantry and ignited the two testicle-shaped mantles.
I'm weird. " "Last night I heard our parents talking about your godhead. " She didn't, though it probably had something to do with her mother. "Sure you do. Tell me. " The Tastykake Krumpets came three to a package: three wondrous bricks of sponge cake mortared together with butterscotch icing. Phoebe ate an entire set in one stupendous bite, washing them down with beer. "Bud's so good," she said weakly, limping toward the wall like somebody walking barefoot on a hot sidewalk. " "Happy birthday, Phoebe.
Only Begotten Daughter by James Morrow