The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn

The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn

Book - 2004
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Believed to be a modern-day Holy Virgin, a shy teen fears the changes in her life while she longs for her absent father, in a tale also told from the viewpoints of a homeless man, her scientific-minded mother, and her troubled friend.

Blackwell North Amer
A failed prodigy and child of divorce, Francesca Dunn is also an adolescent like any other, trying to find her identity and figure out her place in the world. On night Chester, a visionary homeless man (or an insane one, depending on your point of view), "sees" Francesca hovering over the river, bathed in celestial light. Days later, as Francesca serves meals to the needy in a local cafe, Chester falls to his knees before her in adoration. Word spreads, hordes of followers converge, and the result is catastrophic storm of fervent belief and doubt, the relentless and perpetual desire for salvation, possible miracles, and an adolescent trapped by events far beyond her control.
The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn is tale about people who pin their hopes for spiritual salvation on a young girl; and how, slowly, surely, and tragically, she comes to believe that she is the divine being they want her to be. At stake for each is nothing less than the fundamental belief in the structure of the world, and the balance between the miraculous and the mundane.
Narrating by turns are four disparate characters who tell the story as they see it: Chester, who smells fear, disease, and holiness and appoints himself Francesca's protector and follower, Anne Dunn, Francesca's paleobotanist mother who places her faith in Darwin and natural selection; Sid, the schoolmate, who wants to use Francesca's new circumstances for her own profit; and Francesca herself, who becomes increasingly deluded by the adoration bestowed upon her.

Baker
& Taylor

Believed to be a modern-day Holy Virgin, a shy teen fears the changes in her life while she longs for her absent father, in a tale also told from the viewpoints of a homeless man, her scientific-minded mother, and her troubled friend. A first novel.

Publisher: New York : Morrow, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060559199
0060559195
Branch Call Number: F HAL
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 22 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at DPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top