When a friend dies, Julia
Garnet goes to stay in Venice where a lifetime of caution
is challenged. She encounters the paintings in the local
church which tell the story of Tobias and the Angel.
The ancient tale of Tobias, who travels to Media unaware
he is accompanied by the Archangel Raphael, unfolds
alongside Julia Garnet's contemporary journey. As she
unravels the story's history, Julia's own life is thrown
into question – for, like the shifting sea-light
of Venice, nothing here is quite as it seems.
Salley Vickers writes with
a poise and wit which belies the novel's deeper themes:
love, death and the growth of the human spirit. This
many-layered novel truly defies the usual categories;
it echoes in the mind long after the reader has turned
the last page.