The Plague Saint
Haunted by the spectre of death and control...
In a near-future Canada transformed by plague, an unlikely Lily Dalriada is chosen for sainthood by the ruling Church of the Survivors. But she soon becomes an outcast who risks contracting the plague when she conceives a child outside the Church’s sanctioned methods.
Now, separated from her daughter and pursued by the Church, Lily seeks refuge in a shadowy resistance movement. But she soon finds herself transported into plague-dominated 16th century Renaissance Florence. Has she really traveled back through time? Is the world around her an alternate reality, virtual reality, or merely the product of her own desperate imagination?
This vivid, compelling novel evokes the dark and sensuous complexity of two worlds, both haunted by the spectre of death and control.
About Rita Donovan
Rita Donovan is a two-time winner of the Ottawa-Carleton Book Award for her novels Dark Jewels and Daisy Circus. Dark Jewels was first runner-up in the W.H. Smith/Books In Canada First Novel Award in 1990. [MORE]
"The Plague Saint — powerful, disturbing and beautiful, for all its brevity— is cutting-edge speculative fiction of a quality that gives lie to those who disdain genre fiction for its alleged formulaic nature and mass-market appeal. The poetic, even hallucinatory prose admirably evokes the dissonance of Lily's perceptions as she moves back and forth between the present, her own past, and the recreated past." — Miriam Jones