Wonders of a Godless World
by Andrew McGahan
Blue Door Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780007352630
Date: 27 May 2010 List Price £12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Blue Door, the imprint of Harpercollins created by Patrick Janson-Smith, despite being a commercial rather than an overtly literary concern rarely offers up fiction that might attract readers of SFrevu - this is, I think, the first of their books I've listed here. Nonethless, noted Australian writer Andrew McGahan's novel Wonders of a Godless World has enough genre elements in it to satisfy the most ardent fan and is "an electrifying, tumultuous story of inner demons, desire and devastation."
"On an unnamed island, in a Gothic hospital sitting in the shadow of a volcano, a wordless orphan girl works on the wards housing the insane and the incapable. She counts amongst her patients a virgin, an archangel, a duke and a witch.
Everything appears fine until a silent, unmoving and unnerving new patient arrives from foreign climes. He claims to be immortal. Suddenly strange phenomena occur, bizarre murders take place, and the lives of the patients and the island's inhabitants are thrown into turmoil. What happens between the orphan and her beguiling new patient is an extraordinary exploration of consciousness, reality and madness."