The Good People
Published in the UK by Strange Attractor Press, 2017; distributed in the US by MIT Press, 2017
It's the summer of 1989, a time of global flux just before the collapse of the Berlin wall and of South Africa's Apartheid; a time of signs and portents...
Two women see something uncanny in the skies over west London.
Maeve, the elderly wife of the local vicar, finds she has lost nearly an hour of her life. In search of this lost time, she uncovers the memory of an encounter with aliens and, worse, an event from her childhood in Ireland which she finally redeems in the underworld of an IRA-linked pub...
Her husband Alistair has his own nightmare: preparations for the visit of an African bishop and his entourage for a Christian conference, whose left-wing agenda is threatened by the attendance of a famous and mysterious nun - all while he is besotted by his vision of Hyacinth, the black leader of the Pentecostalists...
Heather's sighting comes as a revelation that leads her, like a Grail knight's quest, through strange ordeals, from membership of a menacing cult to an alternative reality; from a mental hospital to, finally, an encounter with her own hidden depths.
A companion volume to Daimonic Reality, the author's non-fiction classic study of otherworld journeys, The Good People is a modern fairy tale that dramatises with pace and wit the interpenetration of revelation and delusion, the natural and the supernatural, worldliness and sanctity - intimating that all our humdrum lives are shadowed by the alien dimension of myth.
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