From early childhood, Mabel Rowbotham knows that she is different. She is struck by visions and premonitions that disturb her dreams, haunt her waking hours and stay with her long after she emigrates from England to Canada. Although desperate to understand these powerful episodes, Mabel hides her gift behind a facade of normalcy.
But Mabel is not destined to be normal. Her quest for understanding leads her to the Brother, XII—founder of one of Canada’s most infamous Utopian colonies. Here, Mabel fully transforms into the complicated and enigmatic figure of Madame Zee and ultimately finds an explanation for the mysterious knowledge that has shaped her life.
A popular reading group choice, Pearl Luke’s acclaimed and sensitive re-imagining of this enigmatic figure was a Flare and Chatelaine book-club pick. It includes a fascinating P.S. section with information about the real Madame Zee.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LynnB - LibraryThing
Based on real people, this is a novel about Madame Zee, mistress and lieutenant to Canada's cult leader, the Brother, XII. The author became intrigued by Madame Zee after seeing a documentary of the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - laytonwoman3rd - LibraryThing
This is a highly fictionalized account of the life of "Madame Zee", the mistress of and some would say enforcer for, a cult leader known as the Brother, XII. The author freely admits that very little ... Read full review