“At fifteen you had the radiance of early morning, at twenty you will begin to have the melancholy brilliance of the moon.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise
Mystery, magic realism, love story, historical, contemporary, satire
At his editorial offices in England, France, and America, book publisher Jute Angel-Orchard is about to launch Atlantis Revealed, underwater archeologist Véronique de Byttón’s sequel to her # 1 international bestseller and Euripides book award winner, The Search for Atlantis. The glamorous Véronique will soon unveil the ancient watery kingdom chronicled by the philosopher Plato. Dr. Mendes Boness, charlatan scholar and vendor of stolen antiquities, is intrigued. The eccentric Scottish doctor and his colleagues have plans.
Despite the critical and commercial success of his enterprise, Angel-Orchard has obsessed for seven years over his vanished girlfriend, French-Canadian Jade de Beaupré. Mysteriously, she appears in his dreams, and sometimes seems to appear, fleetingly, in street scenes and elsewhere. She haunts even his ancestral memory.
Véronique, a.k.a. “The Sun God’s Lover” and “Neptune’s Mistress,” is in fact torn between Spanish rock star Rodrigo Toro and Peruvian literature professor Esmeraldo Vega, a dilemma further complicated by the entry into her life of a beautiful and mysterious young woman. Because of her work on behalf of the planet’s biosphere, especially the world’s oceans, and her efforts to end world hunger and poverty, she is also revered as “The Lovely Saint.”
When fate intervenes and she lies near death, the world prays?in the midst of a global media feeding frenzy, a planetary overload of breaking news.
As the destinies of Véronique, Angel-Orchard, and Jade de Beaupré unfold, The Melancholy Brilliance of the Moon affirms the surreal nature of life and its sometimes magical possibilities.