Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Priest. Chances are readers have never met a priest quite like Father Dan, the protagonist of Daniel Hornsby’s debut novel titled, Via Negativa. Retired and no longer welcomed by the bishop of his Midwestern diocese, Father Dan points his Toyota Camry west and begins a journey with a few touchpoint connections to his past along the way. As if living in a car wasn’t enough, Dan sees a coyote hit by a minivan that doesn’t stop, so he patches up the wild animal, and secures the animal to the back car seat, adding to the malodorous ambience of life inside the Camry. His encounters along the road are full of interest for readers, and the whole nature of contemplation and reconciliation with one’s past gets played out for all to examine. There’s humor sitting beside tragedy in the vignettes of the journey, and we gradually gain insight into Father Dan and his demons. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Via Negativa from amazon.com.