With the death of his father, Connachtach is finally free: Free to leave the family farm, free to return to the monastery of his youth, and free to scribe—a skill held by few in eighth-century Scotia. But answering what he hopes is God's call to create a new, glorified book of the gospel is not without sacrifice: in leaving all earthly matters behind, Connachtach also leaves his sister Oona and niece Deirdre, who are not so eager to let him disappear from their lives. From the Celtic shores of Iona to the amber sands of newly founded Baghdad; from the eerie decrepitude of fallen Rome to the hallowed stairs of Jerusalem, what begins as Connachtach's quest to scribe soon ranges beyond even his most beatific vision.
In this transporting testament to the power of the written word, Amy Crider offers a richly imagined early medieval odyssey ripe with purpose and rife with danger—whether from marauding Vikings, treacherous fellow wayfarers, or one's own innermost doubts.
"There are some books that drop you like a stone into a lake. They change your atmosphere and make the non-book world seem murky. After fifty or so pages of steady reading, it’s hard to readjust to reality. All you want to do is talk about the book, and you wish that the characters were real. Kells: A novel of the eighth century by Chicago playwright and novelist Amy Crider, is this kind of book." — Mary Wisniewski, New City
Amy Crider is an award-winning novelist and playwright. Her first novel, Disorder, a murder mystery, was published by the University of New Orleans Press in 2021 after it won their Publishing Lab Prize. Kells: a novel of the eighth century is her second novel. Amy has been published in Bayou Magazine, The Dramatist, Avalanche Journal, and her editorial about A Christmas Carol for the Chicago Tribune was nationally syndicated. In 2021 her play Fourteen won the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival One Act Play Contest. She has been a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award. She produces a podcast called Continuous Dream Theatre, based at www.continuousdream.com. Her website is www.amycrider.com