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Stealing Fatima

A Novel

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December 1, 2009 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 416 Pages | ISBN 9781582435169
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"Gaspar’s prose, with both its deliberation and moments of uncontainable joy, is like a soaring choral Mass... Skeptic and believer alike cannot help but be swept away by the beauty of the expression." —Boston Globe

As the last light of All-Hallows’ Eve falls on a small town at the tip of Cape Cod, Father Manuel Furtado begins his nightly ritual of gin and pills, prayer, and hours spent writing feverishly in his ledger. With the deep luxury of the chemicals in his body, he copies passages from Saint Augustine and Martin Heidegger, disciplined in his desire to flesh out his ever-building demons.

But, unlike his usual uninterrupted reflection, this night there is a crash, sudden enough to pull Father Manny from the rectory and toward his church, Our Lady of Fatima. He finds a man there—his childhood friend Sarafino, whom he has not seen in decades—frail with illness and desperate to tell the priest about his recurring visits from the Virgin Mary. Despite Father Manny’s grave doubts about Sarafino and his visions, he lets his old friend into his home and his life, and this single act ignites a series of events that challenge the faith of this fishing village, the parish, and Father Manny himself.

Striking and lovingly detailed, Stealing Fatima is the story of a priest’s search for redemption in a town where, even in these modern times, the divine is possible.

FRANK X. GASPAR is a poet and novelist, and is the recipient of many literary prizes, including the Morse Poetry Prize, Anhinga Prize for Poetry, Brittingham Prize in poetry, Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and California Book Award for First Fiction. He has also won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Pushcart Prize.

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“The desire to resolve doubt… drives Gaspar’s exquisite new novel… Gaspar’s prose, with both its deliberation and moments of uncontainable joy, is like a soaring choral Mass… Skeptic and believer alike cannot help but be swept away by the beauty of the expression.” —Boston Globe

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