Nineteen-year-old Sydney Peony Kent was a longed-for IVF baby. Her mother, Avila, not only used science to conceive, but also prayed to the Bambinello, a small bejewelled carving of the infant Jesus, housed in the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome.
Avila′s distant relative Father Roland Bruccoli was conceived conventionally. His mother also prayed to the Bambinello before his birth -- and that of his twin sister.
One evening when the adult Roland is visits the church, the Bambinello is stolen. Roland hopes that Father Cosimo, archivist, poet and riddler, can help retrieve it. But when matters of belief are involved, nothing is straightforward, as Sydney discovers, too, when she is caught up in the search.
Deftly weaving together religion, science, pregnancies wanted and unwanted, love, loss and belief, Carmel Bird has created a luminous novel that both questions and celebrates the miraculous.
About the Author
Carmel Bird is one of Australia′s most dazzling and imaginative writers. She is a leading author of short stories and has published a number of novels, including the Miles Franklin-shortlisted RED SHOES and, most recently, Child of the Twilight . She is a celebrated teacher of both fiction and memoir-writing, and has published the non-fiction guide Writing The Story of Your Life =. Carmel is also an experienced editor of many journals and anthologies, including The Stolen Children.
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 1st February 2010
Dimensions (cm): 13.5 x 21.1 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.272