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Devotion

ISBN: 9781780749211 | 178074921X
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Pub. Date: 4/19/2016

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"Barber's sensational premise delivers an unexpectedly piercing exploration of loss and different kinds of faith."
— Kirkus Reviews

The new novel from the award-winning author of THE MARLOWE PAPERS,
winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize, and long-listed for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013


It is the near future, and moves have been made to classify religious fundamentalism as a form of mental illness. Criminal psychologist Finlay Logan must assess the sanity of a young woman who has committed a religiously-inspired atrocity, but in a state of grief after the death of his daughter, he is struggling with his own mental stability.

In an attempt to reach his patient, an elective mute, Logan seeks the help of Gabrielle Salmon, a cognitive scientist whose experimental procedure — “the process” — is said to alleviate guilt, shame and suffering by creating a direct experience with God.

After seeing the results of “the process” in his patient, Finlay must choose either to medicate his grief or undergo “the process” to try to save himself.

With nimble, provocative thinking at the intersection of science and religion — as well as brilliant storytelling through use of a dual narrative — award-winning author Ros Barber creates a daring novel


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