William Zink is a fiction writer and poet. His novels include The Hole, Ballad of the Confessor, and Ohio River Dialogues, and have been praised by Booklist, Andrei Codrescu, Donald Ray Pollock, Dagoberto Gilb, David Giffels, The Main Street Rag and others. With his latest novel, Pieta, Zink establishes himself as one of the important new independent voices to emerge on the American literary scene in recent years.
Jim Priest's mother is dying. With his daughter beside him, he alternates caretaking duties with his sister. A year earlier his father died in mysterious fashion—the head of the Virgin Mary from a lifelong sculpting project of The Pieta fell on top of him, killing him instantly. As days pass by, his mother falling in and out of consciousness, the buried secrets of a bittersweet childhood re-emerge, forcing the four of them to accept, if not fully resolve, the limitations of their bonds.
Pieta is a story about personal ambition, the anguish of unrequited affection, and the redemptive spirit of a young girl. In concise, elegant prose, William Zink examines the singular, yet universal, forces tugging at the hip of a family in the midst of its most epic chapter.