Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Featured Fiction: Come Away by Anne Hines

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Featured Fiction: Come Away by Anne Hines

McArthur & Company, 2007

About Come Away:
Nestled between two of the most formidable voices of the Old Testament Bible, Ecclesiastes, which does not love women and Isaiah, which loves them less, is one short book which has disturbed clergy and baffled religious scholars for over two thousand years. The Song of Solomon, also called The Song of Songs is an erotic love poem. Probably written by a woman, it doesn't contain any mention of God.

So what is it doing there?

University of Toronto professor, Reggie Nefeild, has devoted his life to unravelling the mystery of this gem of sensuous poetry, only to suddenly discover that the answer is not at all what he expected. And, amid the glittering towers of ancient Babylon, a young Jewish woman, priestess of the goddess Asherah, is confronted with a return to Jerusalem and to a strange solitary god named Yahweh.

Painstakingly researched and with Anne Hines' classic humour, the two story lines call out to each other like the lovers in The Song of Songs, suggesting startling truths about the genesis of the Bible, our concept of God, and of love itself.

About the author:
Anne Hines has been called “Canada’s answer to Erma Bombeck.” A former humour/lifestyle columnist for Canadian Living magazine and longtime
contributing editor for Chatelaine, her humorous articles on everyday life have appeared in more than twenty publications, including Readers Digest and Today’s Parent. Anne is the author of three novels, Fishing Up the Moon (Pedlar Press, 1998), The Spiral Garden (McArthur & Co, 2005) and Come Away: song of songs (McArthur & Co., 2007) and one collection of nonfiction humour, A Year In HineSight (McArthur & Co, 2002). A series of essays, Parting Gifts: notes on loss, love and life is due for publication by McArthur & Co, fall 2008. Anne is enrolled in a Masters of Divinity program at the University of Toronto and hopes to enter ordered ministry in the United Church of Canada. She states her current goal as, to try to graduate while there is still religion. Anne lives in Toronto. Her website is http://www.annehines.com/.

Read more about Come Away: song of songs and other books by Anne Hines at http://www.annehines.com/.