From Publishers Weekly
"There are a lot of characters," Katelyn Wells says to Arista Bellefleurs in evaluating her new novel, which also constitutes the bulk of Ashley's novel. Indeed, plot is subordinated to an unwieldy web of relationships, centered on Greenwich Village. In the guise of fictional characters, Katelyn is attracted to Arista, in Arista's tale, but carries a torch for Nelson Little; Quentin Cox is hiding out in Italy because he has AIDS and his lover of 20 years, Buff Carrington, has disappeared. Long ago, Luke Serensons was one of the two lovers of Maggie Silvernails, who has returned to her Zuni roots in the desert. The other was Jamie Callahan, whose former wife, Eve, commits suicide by jumping out of a window, very near the Rev. Christian Davies (on whom Arista has a crush; Eve meets his late wife after she dies) and Henry Chang. Who is Henry Chang? Just another undeveloped character, like everyone else here. Ashley ( The Christ of the Butterflies ) drives home the interconnectedness of her characters by running scenes together like a transition in an Escher print. The story takes a forgiving view of humanity, yet it still reads like a Greenwich Village soap opera steeped in pretense and wan psychology.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Inside Flap
While the unearthly light of the Agincourt comet illumines the nighttime sky, a Native American woman disappears into the heart of the Arizona desert, longing to reunite with her ancient Zuni heritage . . . a hard-bitten New York City writer contemplates her lifetime pursuit of impossible romance . . . a besieged Belfast mother brings her brood of children to America . . . a salesman stuck in a small Midwestern town ponders his loveless life . . . a Presbyterian minister longs for his departed wife . . . and a wandering wise man listens to the voices of angels.
We are in the Country of the Great King . . . .