Siren and saint, hedonist and penitent, Mary of Egypt was a woman of extremes. A runaway at the age of twelve, she ventured to Alexandria to begin a life of reckless promiscuity. But a pilgrimage to Jerusalem brought about an inward change that drew the adult Mary into wilderness and solitude.
From the monasteries of fifth-century Palestine to medieval Europe, the fame of this Desert Mother gradually spread—by both the written and the spoken word, and through visual art.
Lions and Souls is a work of fiction based on ancient accounts of Mary’s life. Retold for twenty-first-century readers, an enigmatic figure from a remote past is revealed to be surprisingly familiar and relevant.
About the Author
Author John Loranger’s previous work, The Odyssey of Art O’Hara, has been described as “harrowing, satisfying, haunting” (Kirkus Reviews). He was born in Butte, Montana, in 1961. He now resides in Nevada, where he continues to write fiction.