The woman he was forbidden to love has been murdered. What happens when he resurrects her?
Jacques Beaumont is a French Haitian artist of Voodoo ancestry with
the ability to resurrect the dead through his sculptures. The death
of his parents takes him to Callisto, a rural town in Illinois, and home
to his cousin, Birdie DuBois, a photographer. Jacques falls in love
with Elora Winter, a singer and abused wife of Arlo Donnelley, the
town’s sheriff and ring leader of the area’s white supremacy group.
Elora becomes pregnant with Jacques child and her murdered body
is found in the river. Jacques resurrects Elora into a woman free of
Arlo’s oppression, but the murder precipitates a series of events that
force Jacques into exile, where he is presumed dead. Elora arises with
an uncanny ability of her own. A power she develops through her
own artwork and Birdie’s guidance into a focus for revenge. When she
finds Jacques, will she love him or hate him for what he’s done to her?
And, can she remedy the woman she’s become or the child she’s lost?
The Sculptor is a noir romance about reawakening the truths we
inhabit inside our bodies, our artwork, our communities, and our minds.
“Like Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ or Toni
Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ (two novels of which I was immediately reminded
when I began ‘The Sculptor’), Heffernan has a gorgeous way with words.
Similes, metaphors, personifications, and other memorable and at times
wonderfully jarring imagery fill every page of the work. Heffernan’s style
works effectively as she spins an original story of voodoo, mysticism,
and real-world racial bigotry and hatred. The book is a satisfying and
challenging read, a moody and somber novel-length poem about
love, loss, abuse, and a belief in something far beyond what the
human world can offer.”
– Josh Hancock, indie blogger and author of ‘The Girls of October’