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"Barber's sensational premise delivers an unexpectedly piercing exploration of loss and different kinds of faith." Kirkus Reviews
The new novel from the award-winning author of THE MARLOWE PAPERS, winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize, and long-listed for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013
It is the near future, and moves have been made to classify religious fundamentalism as a form of mental illness. Criminal psychologist Finlay Logan must assess the sanity of a young woman who has committed a religiously-inspired atrocity, but in a state of grief after the death of his daughter, he is struggling with his own mental stability.
In an attempt to reach his patient, an elective mute, Logan seeks the help of Gabrielle Salmon, a cognitive scientist whose experimental procedure the process” is said to alleviate guilt, shame and suffering by creating a direct experience with God.
After seeing the results of the process” in his patient, Finlay must choose either to medicate his grief or undergo the process” to try to save himself.
With nimble, provocative thinking at the intersection of science and religion as well as brilliant storytelling through use of a dual narrative award-winning author Ros Barber creates a daring novel
Dr. Ros Barber is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning The Marlowe Papers. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, lecturer in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Director of Research at the Shakespearean Authorship Trust. She has been visiting lecturer at Brunel, Kent, and Notts Trent Universities. She lives in Brighton.