In The Book of Heaven, Patricia Storace creates the mythology of an alternate universe, but one the reader recognizes, as if through a veil, from its allusions to Greek legends and Old Testament stories. It is different from anything I’ve read and therefore hard to describe. Although the sections hinge on central themes, such as of the oppression of women and the nature of God and of love, they can be read in isolation. Each section presents the tale of a different woman, eulogized in the stars themselves in this world Storace creates. Her writing is contemplative; reading it is a meditation. It is like studying the facets of a jewel. Reading The Book of Heaven takes time – it is not a book you can rush. The worlds she creates draw you in; you can sit in them and ruminate. I recommend a slow read.
Aug 31, 2014