Jesophot just wants to buy a new goat. Instead, he receives the curse of divine revelation. When this recorded prophecy vanishes, he must recover it before the devil spreads a corrupt version and taints all of history.
From ancient Canaan and Egypt to modern Chicago and Las Vegas, Jesophot, aided and hindered by deities, struggles to find and preserve the writings. His family remains in danger until he finds the prophecy, gets it into the right hands, and sets history on its proper course. Should he fail—having had immortality forced upon him—he will live on only to witness the painful deaths of those he cares about and the world’s remaking by Lilith, the queen of demons.
The novel co-opts and often subverts biblical stories, using them to illuminate humanist rather than religious questions. Readers familiar with CAIN by José Saramago and AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman will find it exploring related themes.
THE PLAYTHINGS, an upmarket blend of fantasy, myth and alternative history, is complete at 83,000 words. Thank you for your consideration.
I've been a lurker. Now I decided to give it a shot. Thank you so much, everyone, for your thoughts! I will reciprocate.