A man begins a 10 kilometer trek down the Rotary Trail from Peterborough to Lakefield, Ontario, where St. John’s Anglican Church awaits. In the basement of the church is a blue-skinned, flute-playing statue of Jesus, sculpted by a young lesbian, now deceased, that is said to have healing powers.
Whether or not the statue can actually provide any healing is almost irrelevant. Especially in comparison to the transformation that the man undergoes on the journey itself.
Fellow travellers making the voyage include a family from Mumbai, a group of Japanese fishermen, a benevolent young Muslim, and Ernie, an escort service limo driver from Kitchener.
"Many times as I was reading this novel I found myself smiling, laughing, and even getting a little teary-eyed. When I had to put it down (in order to, say, do the job I get paid for) I did so grudgingly, and as the time approached that I would be able to open it up again I felt my mood lighten in anticipation."
-- Nimble Spirit Literary Spirituality Review
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Paul Mason is a Canadian novelist and playwright. Born in London, England, he was raised in Rhodesia, British Columbia and Ontario. He has written two novels: Battered Soles, which was nominated for a Stephen Leacock Award for Humour and The Red Dress, which was long-listed for the 2009 ReLit award, as well as three plays: The Discipline Committee, Circles of Grace, and Sister Camille's Kaleidoscopic Cabaret, which took first prize in an international competition sponsored by Christians in Theatre Arts. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario where he teaches English and Drama.