“Here is an intricately plotted, demanding, and deeply rewarding novel written with stylistic grace, a powerful narrative drive, and a deep theological concern. Is a young man who claims to be Jesus insane, or is he a prophet born out of time? Michael Downing has worked these questions into a family drama at times disturbing, at times funny, and always profound.”
—Richard Marius, author of Thomas More

“Downing has a sharp eye, a powerful style, and great psychological insight.”
Harvard Magazine

“Michael Downing understands how a family can be at once torn apart and bound together by madness. Mother of God is a harrowing account of disintegration and redemption, told with unflinching insight and great compassion, a psychological and literary accomplishment of remarkable distinction.”
—Paul Buttenwieser, author of Their Pride and Joy