A Land without Sin, by Paula Huston
Last year, Image magazine founder Gregory Wolfe launched a literary imprint at Wipf & Stock called Slant, aiming to publish fiction unafraid of metaphysical themes. Paula Huston’s novel, one of the first to come out, features Eva, a cynical but intrepid photographer who travels to Mexico in search of her lost brother, Stefan. He is a priest in a small village and has gone missing in the midst of a political conflict between wealthy landowners and the indigenous people. As Eva tries to pick up clues to her brother’s fate, she finds that she is searching for her own missing heart and a purpose in life. The book’s quest takes the reader through Mayan ruins and the jungles of southern Mexico in search of several kinds of transformation.