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The Notorious Dream of Jesús Lázaro

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Published May 1, 2015

Infamous muralist Jesús Lázaro comes to San Francisco, California from Oaxaca, Mexico, where he has been painting the exteriors of churches despite objections from the Catholic Church and the Mexican government. The artist sees the massive cathedral of Saint Mary of The Assumption of San Francisco, at the corner of Gough and Geary Streets, and determines he must paint the entire exterior with grand murals. Archbishop Ruben Mullins refuses the artist, and the dispute sparks protests in the street, gets the attention of the Vatican, sets off a disastrous love triangle, and may or may not invoke the wrath of God.


“Terence Clarke’s remarkable and completely original novel will delight you with a view of love, art, and religion at battle with each other in ways you’ve never seen before. It’s funny, contemporary, and deeply heartfelt. The Notorious Dream of Jesús Lázaro is a must read!”
–Alev Lytle Croutier
author of Harem: The World Behind The Veil, Seven Houses and The Palace of Tears

“This is without a shadow of doubt the best thing I have read, of all Terence Clark’s writing. There’s a fascinating historical backstory, set in Mexico, that brings to life the extraordinary faith of the rural Oaxaceña population. Unexpectedly, the story then moves to contemporary San Francisco, and the pace gathers speed toward a riveting and completely believable climax. There are engaging characters throughout, none more than the artist, Jesus Lazaro, whose graphic imaginings provoke a catastrophic clash with the highest echelons of the Catholic Church. As for the depiction of the senior members of the Church – wow! The story-arc of Archbishop Ruben’s fate is utterly compelling and ultimately very  shocking.”

–David Kennard, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker: The Ascent of Man with Jacob Bronowski; Cosmos with Carl Sagan; Keeping Score with Michael Tilson Thomas and many others

“Sometimes, as a reviewer, one feels that she may not be able to do a book justice in the short amount of time one has to write a review. This is one of those times. Terence Clarke’s novel, The Notorious Dream of Jesús Lázaro, follows an artist in the creation of his life’s masterpiece. Mr. Clarke, in writing this saga, has completed his own literary masterpiece. I simply cannot recommend this book more highly. It would appeal to any lover of fiction, the art world, or simply great writing. I loved, loved, loved this book and I cannot wait to read more of Terence Clarke’s work.”
–Tracy Slowiak
Readers’ Favorite

“A grand account of church politics, forbidden passions, and the nobility of artistic freedom.”
–Beatrice Bowles
author of audio books, including Spark Catchers, Cloud Spinner and The Hungry Serpent and others; recipient of the 2015 Storytelling World Award; Voting Member: Grammy’s Recording Academy

“With The Notorious Dream of Jesús Lázaro, Terence Clarke offers up a story of dazzling imagination, imagery and passion. Jesús Lázaro is a powerful and fascinating character. This is a traipse through a San Francisco you haven’t seen before.”
–Alison Singh Gee
author of Where the Peacocks Sing

“With this book Terence Clarke steps solidly into the arena of the finest of American authors. The story is great and absolutely must be made into a movie. Really, this book is a miracle.
–Grady Harp
Amazon.com Top 100 Reviewer

“All of my life I have been fascinated by the Catholic Church—back to Pope Pius XI and Patrick Cardinal Hayes in New York. I greatly enjoyed your take on this amazing institution as part of a most fascinating book!”
–Charles Reich
author of The Greening of America

“What a read! History, church politics, complications of a romantic nature. It’s one of these books you want to finish and then read a second time. Loved it.”
–Ann Seymour
author of I’ve Always Loved You

“I have seldom seen an author so perfectly blend legend, poetry and a heartfelt feeling for other cultures as powerfully as Terence Clarke. One can only wonder at what he will bring us next.”
–Jack Deveny
author of Blind Triangle

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