9780062517852

The Monk Downstairs

ISBN 10: 0062517856 / 0-06-251785-6
ISBN 13: 9780062517852
Publisher: Harper San Francisco
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Hardcover
Editorial Reviews:
Synopsis:

Rebecca Martin is a single mother with an apartment to rent and a sense that she has used up her illusions. I had the romantic thing with my first husband, thank you very much, she tells a hapless suitor. I'm thirty-eight years old, and I've got a daughter learning to read and a job I don't quite like. I don't need the violin music. But when the new tenant in her in-law apartment turns out to be Michael Christopher, on the lam after twenty years in a monastery and smack dab in the middle of a dark night of the soul, Rebecca begins to suspect that she is not as thoroughly disillusioned as she had thought.

Her daughter, Mary Martha, is delighted with the new arrival, as is Rebecca's mother, Phoebe, a rollicking widow making a new life for herself among the spiritual eccentrics of the coastal town of Bolinas. Even Rebecca's best friend, Bonnie, once a confirmed cynic in matters of the heart, urges Rebecca on. But none of them, Rebecca feels, understands how complicated and dangerous love actually is.

As her unlikely friendship with the ex-monk grows toward something deeper, and Michael wrestles with his despair while adjusting to a second career flipping hamburgers at McDonald's, Rebecca struggles with her own temptation to hope. But it is not until she is brought up short by the realities of life and death that she begins to glimpse the real mystery of love, and the unfathomable depths of faith.

Beautifully written and playfully engaging, this novel. is about one man wrestling with his yearning for a life of contemplation and the need for a life of action in the world. But it's Rebecca's spirit, as well as her relationships with Mary Martha, Phoebe, her irresponsible surfer ex-husband Rory -- and, of course, the monk downstairs -- that makes this story shine.


Review:

"The latest New Age soap opera from Farrington....[P]ainfully earnest....[It] will appeal to anyone who has ever wept over Joseph Campbell of Enya."

Kirkus, 05/01/2002

Review:

"THE MONK DOWNSTAIRS is an easy read about God. It seriously ponders the split between the contemplative life and life in the world while describing the most bedeviling aspects of simple survival on the secular plane....Does Love happen? Does God exist? Rebecca and Michael ask and discover answers to these questions in the midst of life's needs, not apart from them."

Marianne Rogoff, Ruminator Review, Winter 2002-2003

 
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