A novel about one man’s love of an angel and his quest for humanity from debut author Gomez.
As a young playwright in South Texas who always dreamed of supernatural things (“He had been an agreeable boy with a mysterious obsession of finding fairies and marrying one”), Rovin is well-suited to meet an angel or, in his case, two angels. Working as a professor and director in San Antonio, Rovin is planning to produce his play when he meets Drianelle and Raoul. The two aren’t just talented actors interested in joining his latest production—they’re angels. After spending time with them during rehearsals, day trips and breakfasts at Denny’s, Rovin falls for Drianelle. It’s a love complicated by their differences but also by a higher purpose: The angels have not been sent simply to appear in Rovin’s play; they have a message for him that’s vital to the future of humanity: Rovin can help initiate the apocalypse, an event that “is nothing more than the end of evil.” In a complex process that involves 12 wise elders known as Magi, “the gates of heaven may be opened.” It’s a mission that takes Rovin to Mexico City, where he encounters figures ranging from a music-appreciating rapist to a kind older woman from his childhood. Part love story, part supernatural thriller, the novel intricately renders Mexico City and San Antonio. Elaborate details of Rovin’s life in Mexico City that do not illuminate his surroundings (particularly his relationships, his love of Moroccan mint tea and his job as a professor), however, sometimes sidetrack his adventures. At one point, the narrative devolves into a long-winded lecture on the Beat Generation, and the once-entranced reader may be left wondering what happened to the apocalypse and whether the narrative will ever get back on track.
Ambitious in its telling, this thriller blends daily doldrums with otherworldly excitement.