Friday, August 19, 2016

The Head of the Saint

Every Friday we give a new book away. To get the book, it's simple: just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Friday through Sunday and winners are announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Free Fridays.)

The Head of the Saint by Socorro Acioli

Fourteen-year-old Samuel is newly orphaned and homeless in a small town in Brazil.

He lives in a giant hollow concrete head of St. Anthony, the lingering evidence of the village's inept and failed attempt to build a monolith over a decade ago. He didn't know what it was when he crawled into it, seeking shelter during a storm, but he hears beautiful singing echoing in the head like magic twice a day. So he stays.

Miraculously, he can also hear the private prayers and longings of the villagers. Feeling mischievous, Samuel begins to help answer those prayers. But he has a secondary motivation: he hopes that if he does, the noise will quiet down and he will be able to listen to the mysterious singing in peace. Ironically, his miracles gain him so many fans that he soon worries he will never fulfill his own true longing and find the source of the singing.

Filled with beautiful turns of phrase and wonderfully quirky characters, The Head of the Saint is a riotous story of faith and magic that won't soon leave your thoughts.

Pachang V. has won the drawing for this book!

If you didn't win this time around, don't be discouraged. Acioli's The Head of the Saint is available for checkout through FCPL; also, every Friday-Sunday brings a new opportunity to win a free copy of a new book!


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