by Patricia Weenolsen
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Paperback: 550 pages
In the midst of the Great American Awakening, 1730, Mary — shaman, prophetess, and seer — experiences a vision of Mary Magdalene. While dedicated to the welfare of the escaped Boston Almshouse residents and the Wampanoag Indians who shelter them, Mary acquiesces to the missions that the Magdalene assigns her and is gone into the future periodically — hence her Indian sobriquet, “Gone-Away Mary.” She leaves behind the love-besotted Sophie to midwife her rival’s severely defective baby as well as to search for the runaway six-year-old Lucy, who is hiding in a thunderbird’s aerie. Mary assists in the transformation of the New Orleans Ursuline Convent, as well as the Williamsburg, Virginia, Public Hospital for the Insane. Finally she distributes “Mary Messages” throughout the country for others to follow in the new century.