Madame Zee Author:Pearl Luke It starts with a strange tightness in her chest, followed by a vision. A boy she doesn't recognize. A man falling through ice. And finally the serene face of Honora, her dead sister. Mabel doesn't know why she has these "daydreams." As a young English girl at the dawn of the 20th century, all Mabel knows is that she desperately wants to understa... more »nd these powerful, shameful episodes that make her so different.
Immigrating to Canada, Mabel tries to cover her secret life with a veneer of normalcy, yet she is propelled into confronting her gift. She becomes Madame Zee, disciple and lover to Brother XII, a charismatic Spiritualist cult leader installed in a Utopian colony on the verdant eastern shores of Vancouver Island. Then, in one shattering moment, Mabel must choose between her dream of understanding and the reality of truth.
In her re-imagining of Madame Zee -- a mysterious historical character known only for her cruelty and sexual conquests -- Pearl Luke gives us a searing and magical novel shot through with profound sensitivity.« less