IN THINGS UNSEEN, now available from Slant Books, is Gar’s latest and most surprising novel, and marks his first attempt to explore in full the subject of God’s existence and role in the modern world. Here’s the jacket copy:
Diane Edwards has spent the last eight months praying for a miracle after her son Adrian dies in a freak car accident at Seattle’s Lakeridge Park. And it would seem a miracle is what she has received when she finds Adrian back in his bed one night, alive and well and oblivious to his death. But this isn’t the kind of miracle Diane was expecting, because she soon learns Adrian is not the only one who’s forgotten that fateful day in Lakeridge Park. God has virtually erased that day from the record of time and space; the entire world has no memory of it.
The entire world, that is, with the exception of Diane and three other people:
Michael Edwards – Diane’s estranged husband and Adrian’s father, who tried but couldn’t match Diane’s will to believe in miracles.
Laura Carrillo – Adrian’s teacher, who loved him almost as much as his parents did, but who has never said a prayer on his behalf to a God she has become convinced does not exist.
Milton Weisman – The agnostic, sixty-eight-year-old widower and alcoholic who lost control of the car that killed Adrian in Lakeridge Park.
Over the next six days, these four people must struggle to understand what Adrian’s return to the living means, and why God Himself would choose them, and them alone, to play witness to it. Their faith—or lack of faith—will be tested to the breaking point, as will that of Allison Hope, a struggling freelance journalist who has stumbled upon their story only to find herself a part of it, in ways she could never have predicted.
In the end, all will learn that God’s mercy knows no limits—but its permanence comes at a price.
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Upcoming online interviews, podcasts, etc.:
Black Crime Writers – Past, Present and Future ZOOM Panel – hosted by the San Francisco Public Library
Tuesday, January 19 @ 6:00 PM PST/9:00 PM EST
Featuring author panelists S.A. Cosby, Kellye Garrett, Cheryl A. Head, and Gar.