Lazarus Rising

December 1, 2020
Lazarus Rising

This dark, propulsive novel, the crowning masterwork byninety-two-year-old Joseph Caldwell,takes place during 1992, when AIDS was still an incurablescourge and death casualties were everyday events.One cold winter night, when the artist Dempsey Coates is on herway home to her loft, she encounters a blaze, several alarmsringing and water jetting every which way from fire hydrants. Sheends up offering several firemen a place to get warm. One of themis Johnny Donegan, a passionate lad who falls madly in love withher and is determined, through prayer and sheer perseverance, tomake a life with Dempsey unimpeded by the specter of herillness.But when the couple is finally blessed with an unexpected strokeof good luck, this one twist of fate that promises an enduringfuture will end up coming between them in a very tragic andunforeseen way.