Marie Manilla's latest novel, The Patron Saint of Ugly, is a wonderful read!! Check out her other books and peruse her website. You won't be disappointed. She is a gifted writer, artist, dear friend and winner of the 2008 Fred Bonnie Award with her novel Shrapnel. Her book of short stories, Still Life With Plums, finalist for both The Weatherford Award and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year, is also a terrific read.