The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. Doubleday (2008).
This is a brilliant first novel. There were moments that made me cry, moments that made me laugh, and, quite honestly, moments that made me sick to my stomach. It is a testament to Davidson's talent that I kept reading through the first few chapters when he describes a burn victim's treatment in sickening detail. I couldn't tear myself away from these disgusting images because the writing was so beautiful and the imagery so unique.
The author continued to draw me in with each new voice and story that he wove. His details are vivid without becoming overwhelming or boring. In the end, I found myself loving this book and all its flawed characters. I would definitely recommend this tale of eternal love, but be prepared for the graphic imagery--especially if you have a weak stomach.
(Originally posted on LibraryThing, June 12, 2008)