The Singing of Swans takes Italian American protagonist Madelene Ross on a multi-century journey back and forth through time to reclaim her soul and her very contemporary American life. Along the way she encounters a 16th Century northern Italian healer who flies through rooftops, an 18th Century southern Italian herbalist who paints flaming images of Black Madonnas, an ancient Sicilian priestess who defies a 70 BCE governor of Sicily, and Lake Pergusa, an environmentally compromised lake in need of restoration. Elements of magical realism dovetail with historical lore as this compelling tale of redemption unfolds.
Mary gives an overview of the book:
As a child Mary Saracino dreamed of being a June Taylor Dancer, twirling her legs high in the air, spinning kaleidoscopic images onto the TV screen, enchanting viewers of the Jackie Gleason Show. She has since followed that sweeping trail of fairy-dust magic wherever...