Here we have a young novelist amazing the world with a mystery novel he should not have reasonably achieved. But genius does not heed reason. The Offering drops us into the lower depths of destitution and a Camus-like loss of self before the world. At the same time, there is the possibility of salvation dangled before us like a redeeming but elusive oasis of escape. That promised haven is beauty—esthetic elegance of the highest order. Read this ravishing book and learn how to survive in the face of trying pain and loss. The breadth and depth and poetic power of The Offering will enchant you.