Startling novel by one of the greatest living writers of fiction...It is about people, the marvelously lifelike, intelligent, and agonizingly star-crossed people we have come to know in West's earlier novels-.
West weaves these characters together in a masterful pattern and the canvas is so brilliant it startles the reader with its beauty. Here is everything...love, intrigue, sanctity and suffering. It is without question West's greatest work.
A pope has died, and the corridors of the Vatican hum with intrigue as cardinals from all over the world gather to choose his successor. Suddenly, the election is concluded with a surprise result. The new pope is the youngest cardinal of all--and a Russian!