From the dawn of history, the venomous label has been spat at many
women. Eve, Helen of Troy, Salome, Mary Magdalene, Medea, DuBarry, the mysterious woman of
Babylon--all fallen women, all guilty. Or were they?
In the late eighteenth century, a Lady flees to her dead husbands
château, accused of his murder. There she is haunted by highly charged dreams about
infamous women and their lovers, including Adam, Paris, John the Baptist, Jason, and
Cortés. Within her dreams, the Lady discovers that these women--all, like herself,
involved in catastrophic events--have been misunderstood and greatly maligned.
A chance encounter with the fabulous Madame Bernice, an unconventional
mystic who lives in a neighboring château, convinces the lady that her "dreams"
are in fact memories. The Lady's precise and vivid memories extend back even to the plains
of Heaven during the war of angels led by Lucifer and his sister, Cassandra, who plot to
thwart God's exile of Eve and Adam--and God is a main player here, boldly characterized.
In Eden we witness Eve and Adam's fumbling, finally joyous lovemaking.
In Herod's palace, we observe Salome's cunning dance of six--not seven--veils before a
saintly yet sensual John the Baptist. In Greece, we learn Paris's secret, the real reason
for the Trojan War. On the Isle of Patmos, we discover how the exiled John the Divine
converted a naive street girl into the "Whore of Babylon."
In exotic jungles, we encounter Cortés; his Aztec wife--branded La
Malinche--and her young Indian lover. We meet the Xtabay, so enticing that men lust
even after her ghost. Soon, we sweep into the maze of desire between Jason and Medea, the
truth of the final slaughter.
The Lady's memories as Magdalene follow Jesus and Judas from their first
meeting as playful young men on the banks of the river Jordan--moments that linked them
intimately forever--to the top of Calvary.
Lady and Madame prepare to announce the truth of the Lady's past lives, grave dangers
threaten to ambush their disclosures. An erotic novel, entitled The True Account,
a work full of accusations and dire warnings, charges the Lady with graphic debaucheries.
It also contains buried clues that may identify the Lady's pursuers, figures who exist
within the corridors of greatest power. Just who are these figures? Are the murderers of
the Lady's husband--and the intended subverters of her greatest truths--among the
mightiest of all hierarchies? As the Lady and Madame Bernice ponder these questions, they
prepare themselves to face the public and vindicate all the fallen women through the
corrected versions of their lives.
Rich, provocative, daring, at times darkly
written in a variety of prose styles,
Our Lady of Babylon is a thoroughly original novel, an epic
of ancient treachery, of myth and history reexamined.