Myths of a Merciful God
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A heartbreaking tale that never loses sight of hope, or our remarkable ability to access and claim our own resilience.

Poignant and riveting, Myths of a Merciful God takes us on the unforgettable journey of one woman's quest to overcome unimaginable loss. At the heart of the story is a profoundly difficult question: How does one come back from a tragedy as unspeakable as the death of a child?

Through the literal and figurative journey upon which this child's mother embarks in the aftermath of this loss, and the people she encounters along the way, Myths of a Merciful God explores the concepts of divine retribution and intervention versus the gaping silence of an indifferent universe, moral turpitude versus the virtue of well-kept secrets, and whether religion - or its absence - helps, hinders, or makes no difference in one's ability to find a way back toward wholeness.


Cynthia Ceilán is the author of three internationally published books of nonfiction humor: Thinning the Herd: Tales of the Weirdly Departed (The Lyons Press, 2007); Weirdly Beloved: Tales of Strange Bedfellows, Odd Couplings, and Love Gone Wrong (The Lyons Press, 2008); and Unlucky Stiffs: More Tales of the Weirdly Departed (The Lyons Press, 2010). Her works of short fiction have been published in a number of literary magazines, including Potpourri and The Sun. She was also a named contributor in Smith Magazine’s Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak, published in 2009. Ms. Ceilán lives in New York City. Myths of a Merciful God is her first novel.


"Ceilán's novel is a warm, hopeful portrait of the human race, a real kaleidoscope of hearts and souls... A book that you will open with a tear of sad compassion and close with a tear of warm joy. Between the two, just let Cynthia Ceilán's shining river of flowing words guide you." -San Francisco Book Review

"Hauntingly beautiful... Ceilán writes with grace and gentle humor... At turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, Myths of a Merciful God [is] a breathtaking look at loss, grief, and forgiveness." -ForeWord Reviews

"Ceilán has crafted a complex tale of love and forgiveness that forces readers to confront one of life's most devastating occurrences... strongly developed and believable." -Publishers Weekly