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A gifted young Canadian writer makes her debut in the United States with a dark and spell-binding tale of erotic and pang-ridden legacy of forbidden love
A handsome priest named August Day arrives in the well-ordered town of Mercy, Manitoba, to take over the church of St. Mary Immaculate. In the first days of his tenure he falls in love with the young bride of the town butcher. Their mutual obsession grows to the point that its aftermath leaves scars on the town decades and generations after their love affair is over.
'“Rewarding . . . a blinding flash of light, a flare gun in a darkening universe of lost souls.” —The Globe and Mail “A debut that’s pure magic . . . [Mercy] is stunning in its emotive power and emotional resonance. York’s prose is taut and finely honed; her themes and the characters and settings that propel them are far-reaching and profound. It’s sensual, full of yearning and longing for the heat of love.” —The Hamilton Spectator'