The Book of Samson
By David Maine
St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312353391, 240pp.
Publication Date: October 31, 2006
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"This is the story of my life and it's not a happy one. If you wish to read about me you're welcome to but if you're looking for something to give you hope & joy comfort & inspiration then you had best leave off here straightaway and go find something else. My life has an abundance of frustration and pain plus a fair bit of sex and lots of killing and broken bones but it's got precious little hope & joy comfort & inspiration.
It's got some women in it too plus a wife. Dalila is the one you may have heard of and a rare piece of work she was. You may think you know the story but believe me there's more."
--from The Book of Samson
From the author of the acclaimed and provocative novels Fallen and The Preservationist comes a tale about a man who believes he is touched by the hand of God---then instructed by that God to slaughter his enemies. It is the story of "this worldly existence of men & brutes desire & unkindness" and of the woman, Dalila, who figures at the center of it all. In The Book of Samson, David Maine has created an unforgettable portrait, a unique and astonishing masterpiece that puts a face on a previously faceless icon.
David Maine was born in 1963 and grew up in Farmington, Connecticut. He attended Oberlin College and the University of Arizona and has worked in the mental-health systems of Massachusetts and Arizona. He has taught English in Morocco and Pakistan, and since 1998 has lived in Lahore, Pakistan, with his wife, novelist Uzma Aslam Khan.
Praise for the Books of David Maine:
"David Maine's Fallen builds suspensefully toward what is arguably the best-known episode in the story of mankind: the banishment of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. Given the fact that its denouement will surprise exactly nobody, this book's power to rivet the reader approaches the miraculous."
--The New York Times
"A work of both high seriousness and wicked laughs."
--Entertainment Weekly on Fallen
"Maine is enormously talented at extrapolating rich characters from a few brief verses."
--The Washington Post on Fallen
"Artful and challenging...the topic is fascinating, and Maine's writing is suffused with an economical beauty."
--The Tampa Tribune on Fallen
"Think Life of Pi thousands of years earlier with a much larger cast of characters...this debut is a winner."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Preservationist
"Maine's storytelling is as human as it is divine."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review on The Preservationist
"Maine works a minor miracle by affecting a tone that is as respectful as it is insightful."
--People magazine on Fallen