The Variations

A Novel

John Donatich

A John Macrae Book

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A compelling sympathy of the faiths that fill the gap between who we set out to be and who we ultimately become

A powerful debut novel about a priest who has lost his church, his mentor, and, most upsetting, his ability to pray. How can Father Dominic protect or guide his parish when everything he loves falls away? How can he counsel Dolores, a troubled teenager prone to emotional panic and spiritual monomania? Or James, a promising African American pianist, struggling to realize his artistic ambitions by bringing his own voice to a piece that has been played by the world's most brilliant pianists, Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Into this malaise comes Andrea, a sophisticated New York editor attracted at first by Dom's blog and then by the man himself. Dom's journey from the cloth into the secular world will offer carnal knowledge, but also something deeper, a more resistant knowledge as life fails to offer happiness or redemption. In prose both searching and muscular, John Donatich's The Variations has located the right metaphor for our spiritual crisis in this story of one man's spiritual disillusion and ache for self-knowledge.

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It was when driving the parish car that Dominic felt most secular. He was just a guy in a Mercury Sable, driving to and from work, doing errands; he could be anyone else on wheels, someone hard to track. Even though the old Sable was nearly twelve years old, it clocked only 47,253 miles on its odometer and was more likely to die of old age than experience.
He had taken the last two stop signs on a roll. Since he was driving with a suspended license, Father Dominic opened the gate and pulled into the church parking lot with a bad conscience, into the vast emptiness

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John Donatich

John Donatich is the director of the Yale University Press. His essays and occasional pieces have appeared in Harper's and the The Atlantic Monthly. This is his first novel.

 

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The Variations
A Novel
John Donatich

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Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae Book
February 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780805095289
ISBN10: 0805095284
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$9.99

Hardcover

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Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae Book
February 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805094381
ISBN10: 0805094385
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$25.00

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
March 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250022295
ISBN10: 1250022290
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$15.99
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