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The Gargoyle

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9780385524940: The Gargoyle

An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time

The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide—for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul.

A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life—and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne's care and takes up residence in her huge stone house. But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only twenty-seven sculptures left to complete—and her time on earth will be finished.

Already an international literary sensation, the Gargoyle is an Inferno for our time. It will have you believing in the impossible.

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Advance Praise for "The Gargoyle"

"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."
--Peter Straub

Spellbinding. . . . A page-turning adventure that will keep you reading well past bedtime. The Boston Globe An undeniably hot book. . . . It's as engrossing as it is gruesome, the kind of horror you watch with one eye closed. . . . A hell of a story. The Washington Post"Take a deep breath and plunge into this novel. It's a tale of love and redemption told through Davidson's haunting prose. " USA Today A transportingly unhinged debut. . . . Vigorous and impressive. The New York Times Keeps the pages turning. The Plain Dealer Take a deep breath and plunge into this novel. It's a tale of love and redemption told through Davidson's haunting prose. USA Today 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 Mixes medical drama with medieval religious lore to explore the boundaries of faith and forgiveness. . . . Compelling. San Francisco Chronicle Reads like the mad spawn of Anne Rice and Stephen King. Providence Journal Original and highly addictive. . . . Captivating. . . . An impressive, memorable debut. The Denver Post A story that sweeps us in with no protest. You want to be lost in its pages. . . . The real tragedy of this book is that it ends. Daily News Beguiling. . . . Mixing romance, classic allusion and reality, Davidson's debut is a bravura performance. Marie Claire I was blown awayby Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle. It reminded me of Life of Pi, with its unanswered (and unanswerable) contradictions. A hypnotic, horrifying, astonishingnovel 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. Peter Straub"

"Spellbinding. . . . A page-turning adventure that will keep you reading well past bedtime." --The Boston Globe"An undeniably hot book. . . . It's as engrossing as it is gruesome, the kind of horror you watch with one eye closed. . . . A hell of a story." --The Washington Post"Take a deep breath and plunge into this novel. It's a tale of love and redemption told through Davidson's haunting prose. " --USA Today"A transportingly unhinged debut. . . . Vigorous and impressive." --The New York Times "Keeps the pages turning." --The Plain Dealer "Take a deep breath and plunge into this novel. It's a tale of love and redemption told through Davidson's haunting prose." --USA Today "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"Mixes medical drama with medieval religious lore to explore the boundaries of faith and forgiveness. . . . Compelling." --San Francisco Chronicle "Reads like the mad spawn of Anne Rice and Stephen King." --Providence Journal "Original and highly addictive. . . . Captivating. . . . An impressive, memorable debut." --The Denver Post "A story that sweeps us in with no protest. You want to be lost in its pages. . . . The real tragedy of this book is that it ends." --Daily News"Beguiling. . . . Mixing romance, classic allusion and reality, Davidson's debut is a bravura performance." --Marie Claire"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." --Peter Straub

-Spellbinding. . . . A page-turning adventure that will keep you reading well past bedtime.- --The Boston Globe-An undeniably hot book. . . . It's as engrossing as it is gruesome, the kind of horror you watch with one eye closed. . . . A hell of a story.- --The Washington Post-Take a deep breath and plunge into this novel. It's a tale of love and redemption told through Davidson's haunting prose. - --USA Today-A transportingly unhinged debut. . . . Vigorous and impressive.- --The New York Times -Keeps the pages turning.- --The Plain Dealer -Take a deep breath and plunge into this novel. It's a tale of love and redemption told through Davidson's haunting prose.- --USA Today -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-Mixes medical drama with medieval religious lore to explore the boundaries of faith and forgiveness. . . . Compelling.- --San Francisco Chronicle -Reads like the mad spawn of Anne Rice and Stephen King.- --Providence Journal -Original and highly addictive. . . . Captivating. . . . An impressive, memorable debut.- --The Denver Post -A story that sweeps us in with no protest. You want to be lost in its pages. . . . The real tragedy of this book is that it ends.- --Daily News-Beguiling. . . . Mixing romance, classic allusion and reality, Davidson's debut is a bravura performance.- --Marie Claire-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.- --Peter Straub

Review:

'Davidson spins a world so expansive and magically realised that it is heart-rending to return to the real one.' -- Suzanne Black, The List

'It is serious and daft, quiet and exhuberant, a novel that makes you think and an exotic adventure.' -- Simon Baker, The Daily Telegraph

'Once launched into this intense tale of unconventional romance, few readers will want to put it down.' -- Publishers Weekly

'There's a palpable fizz to the prose.' -- Stuart Evers, Word Magazine

Compulsively readable . . . the pages almost turn themselves. -- Metro

Extraordinary . . . The Gargoyle has a big personality . . . An exotic adventure. -- Daily Telegraph

Mixing romance, classic allusion and reality, Davidson's debut is a bravura performance.
-- **** Marie Claire

Reads like a thriller. -- Guardian

Very original and powerfully written -- Charles Palliser, author of THE QUINCUNX

Wildly imaginative . . . Bound to be an international bestseller. -- Observer

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