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Gods of Water and Air by Rachel Dacus

Gods of Water and Air

by Rachel Dacus

Giveaway ends December 12, 2016.

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Bernini at 26 self portraitMy new novel is a history-bending love story between a beautiful art historian and her idol, the rock star of the Renaissance, sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini, as they share a foothold in time. Here’s more:

May Gold, an adjunct college teacher earning little more than a Starbucks barista, often dreams in her tiny office about the subject of her master’s thesis, Gianlorenzo Bernini. In her fantasies she’s in his arms, the adored partner of the man who reinvented the Renaissance. But in reality, May has landed in Rome with her teaching colleagues and a suffocating boyfriend who is paying her way. She feels like a precocious failure and yearns to unleash her passion and creative spirit.

On her first dayBernini-Teresa-detail in Rome, May feels a shimmering doorway waiting for her. Suddenly, the floor under the gilded dome of St. Peter’s rocks with a gentle earthquake, and she finds herself in the year 1624, staring into Bernini’s eyes. Gleefully, she interviews the young genius and fascinates Bernini by defining the Golden Section and reciting lines of her poetry. As the tour proceeds through Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, and Venice, May spends more time in Bernini’s world, drawing away from her difficult present-tense life. She becomes Bernini’s model, biographer, and even makes love with him on the stone floor of his studio. But the life-changing consequences of a pregnancy across the centuries forces May to step through the shimmering doorway for good and find her authentic and passionate life. Benini-Proserpina-Rape

The Renaissance Club @ Rachel Dacus, 2016



Gods of Water and Air – Poems, essays, and a short play, available in print and Kindle on Amazon.

A collection that invites the reader to adventures in love, art, pie baking, the afterlife of dogs, eagle-spotting, studying ballet, horseback riding, travel, caring for a brilliant father in his decline, and growing up in a fishing community with death and the ocean as immutable forces. From the praise of the everyday blessings in “Prayers for Everywhere” to the laments of losing a parent and childhood’s dreams, these short pieces will carry you on their backs like leaping dolphins and inspire your own memories.

From the Back Cover

Rachel Dacus evokes painting and mythology with equal parts grace and lyricism in her new collection … Dacus’ book will invite you to journey with her through adventures in art museums, pie baking, and eagle-spotting. – Jeannine Hall Gailey, author of She Returns to the Floating World and The Robot Scientist’s Daughter

In Gods of Water and Air, Rachel Dacus turns a painterly eye onto both the nooks and crannies of our world, “hints of rose madder in the cerulean,” a palm tree’s “rigid, rattling arguments,” and “the blue immensity” that holds us all. – Molly Fisk, author of The More Difficult Beauty

Each poem in this collection is masterfully written, brimming with observation’s ardor. She asks us questions that are to be savored. She begs us to grasp time, rein in it, and let it go: “Be a net. Catch the world by letting the knots slip.”
— Deema Shehabi, author of Thirteen Departures for the Moon



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