Published by Howard Books on May 2007
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Historical
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From the author of the New York Times bestselling Iscariot comes an award-winning novel that poses the question: if a demon came up to you and offered to tell his story, would you listen?
Clay’s life has reached a standstill. Recently divorced, he spends his days drifting from his drab apartment to his equally lackluster job as an editor for a small Boston press and back again. His dreary routine has left him mired in a seemingly meaningless existence, until the night he meets Lucian—a demon—and everything changes. With the simple words, “I’m going to tell you my story, and you’re going to write it down and publish it,” Lucian catapults Clay’s mundane life into turmoil.
Demon: A Memoir | Tosca Lee
He walked right beside you today; you wouldn’t have noticed. He stared at you from across the street; you paid him no attention. The New Testament writings tell us quite clearly that many have entertained angels unaware, and we feel that is a blessing on our lives. But we forget that one-third of the heavenly host fell with their leader Lucifer. Fallen angel. Dark spirit. Demon. Horns, pointy tail, and pitchfork all but myth and legend to obscure the truth: that demons are much more beautiful, much more enticing, much more real than we would care to admit.
It all began when an appointment mysteriously appeared on Clay’s calendar. Next thing Clay knows he is sitting across from a man named Lucian, who claims to be a demon. A demon with a story he wants Clay to write. Clay is incredulous – who wouldn’t be – but it soon becomes evident that Lucian is exactly who he says he is. Two stories begin to emerge, the first being Lucian’s retelling of the story of Redemption; the second Clay’s battle to process such a story.
In Demon, Tosca Lee gives us a retelling of the redemption story – from Creation to Fall to Cross – from the vantage point of one in whom no redemption is possible. This unique method heightens the power of redemption and allows us to experience the story in a way we’ve never done so before. Clay has a difficult time reconciling Lucian’s story with its application to his own broken life, which leads to the book’s climax and end…and the haunting question that remains.
Lee’s prose is beautiful, as always. Her use of language is elegant even as the words flow from the mouth of a demon. She tackles a very tough and speculative area of Biblical history by attempting to describe the events of Lucifer’s fall from heaven, yet she does so with a great scholarly foundation on the issue.
The theme that remains ultimate all throughout Demon is God’s love affair with man. Lee portrays this in a unique, powerful, and exciting way that no one should miss. It’s a book that will haunt you long after you’ve turned the last page. For while the story that Tosca Lee weaves is one told by a Demon, it is ultimately about all of us, and we cannot help but be forever affected by it.