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This compelling, allegorical tale of the transformative power of nature, the devastatingly positive and negative effects of love and the power of feminine beauty is frankly hard to categorise. The writing is evocative and lyrical and the story has more than an echo of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist - we think everyone will get something different out of this novella.
A 'Piece of Passion' on The Conception of Zachary Muse from the publisher...
'Jason Hinojosa’s The Conception of Zachary Muse is a story set against the backdrop of natural exuberance and the utmost manifestation of artistic brilliance. The story opens with the birth of Zachary Muse. His mother Evangeline Muse gives birth to her baby and then returns to her home with the newborn and falls asleep beside a man named Will Archer. But it is the first time they embrace and Will Archer promised her that he will love her for the rest of his life. The novel’s twin characters, Thomas Green and Will Archer, both fall in love with Evangeline Muse. As the story moves forward we see visible changes in all characters. Thomas Green’s psyche undergoes a thorough change following his voyeuristic discoveries. Will Archer transforms as a result of his visits to the village prostitute, a battle with a water serpent, and a spiritual healing brought on by a scorpion’s sting. Though Zachary Muse’s parentage remains the central motif of the narrative, the entire story is much more than the revelation of a birth mystery. It offers the readers a complex account of nature’s triumphant influence over man’s life and the genius of artistic manifestation which can both drive a person to insanity or restore him to life. It is story about the power of feminine beauty and the devastating and transformational effect of love.'
Suman Chakraborty, Executive Editor, ROMAN Books.
Click here to listen to Jason Hinojosa speak about this book.
The girl Evangeline Muse gives birth alone in a lagoon. She returns home with the newborn child and falls asleep in the arms of Will Archer, who whispers to her: 'I will love you for the rest of my life.' It's the first time they've embraced. Zachary Muse's magical birth is the central mystery of this lush and lyrical story. Set in an idyllic coastal village, bright visions of artistry and longing bloom like jungle flowers. As poetic vignettes, the interweaving lives of Will Archer, the Muse family, and a peculiar man named Thomas Greene foster and bear witness to both visceral, spiritual healing and the transformational power of erotic love.
Publication date: 26/02/2013
Publisher: Roman Books
|Publication date:||26th February 2013|
|Genres:||Book Club Recommendations, eBook Favourites, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Jason Hinojosa is the acclaimed author of The Conception of Zachary Muse. He taught literature and creative writing in Florida and Hong Kong and currently teaches at Brentwood School. In the last decade, he has lived and worked in Hong Kong, India, and Rwanda and now lives in Los Angeles. He has published a number of short stories and won two literary awards. Author photo © Jason Hinojosa Below is a Q&A with this author. 1. Can you describe your new book The Conception of Zachary Muse?The Conception of Zachary Muse is a love ...More About Jason Hinojosa