The Lava in My Bones by Barry Webster

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...The Lava in My Bones lays itself open to many interpretations.
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A frustrated geologist studying global warming becomes obsessed with eating rocks after embarking on his first same-sex relationship in Europe. Back home, his young sister is a high-school girl who suddenly starts to ooze honey through her pores, an affliction that attracts hordes of bees as well as her male classmates but ultimately turns her into a social pariah. Meanwhile, their obsessive Pentecostal mother repeatedly calls on the Holy Spirit to rid her family of demons. The siblings are reunited on a ship bound for Europe where they hope to start a new life, but are unaware that their disguised mother is also on board and plotting to win back their souls, with the help of the Virgin Mary.

Told in a lush baroque prose, this intense, extravagant magic-realist novel combines elements of fairy tales, horror movies, and romances to create a comic, hallucinatory celebration of excess and sensuality.

Barry Webster's first book, The Sound of All Flesh, won the ReLit Award for story collections.
 

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Barry Webster: Barry Webster's first book, The Sound of All Flesh, won the ReLit Award for best short-story collection in 2005. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award, the CBC-Quebec Prize, and the Hugh MacLennan Award. Originally from Toronto, he currently lives in East Montreal.
 
Published September 11, 2012 by Arsenal Pulp Press. 386 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alex Good on Sep 28 2012

...The Lava in My Bones lays itself open to many interpretations.

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Reviewed by Alex Good on Sep 28 2012

Webster has written a vast, exuberant and optimistic epic about the ebbs and flows of the lava-like oils that lubricate the world’s engine, emphasizing the transformative power of love. But the dark side of desire is here too, and it has the feel of something a lot less mutable.

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