The Gargoyle (eBook)
A New York Times BestsellerThe 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 injuriesconfine 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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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.
Praise for The Gargoyle…
“Seductive…The free-range erudition of books like Possession and The Name of the Rose come to mind.”–Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Undeniably a hot book, one likely to ignite the passion of anyone who loves a mix of romance and the macabre.”–Washington Post Book Review
“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
“A story that sweeps you in…the real tragedy of this book is that it ends.”–The Daily News
“[A] powerful debut… Once launched into this intense tale of unconventional romance, few readers will want to put it down.” –Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Spellbinding…[a] deliriously ambitious debut novel.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“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.”