The Return of the Goddess, A Divine Comedy

The 25th Anniversary Edition

By Elizabeth Cunningham


The Goddess is returning!

She takes shape in the hands of an Episcopal priest’s shy, retiring wife. She invades the dreams of a grande dame who thinks women priests are a scandal. She lures a poker-playing ex-convict onto unfamiliar terrain, literally. Then there is the mysterious old man in the wood, who’s been watching, waiting for a sign of her return.

Who is the Goddess? Where has she been for so long? What does she want from the four human beings whose lives she is turning upside down and inside out?

As they confront these questions, Esther, Spencer, Marvin and Fergus find themselves drawn together, forging friendships across boundaries of age, class and race, discovering—and recovering—powerful, erotic passions. All their encounters, with themselves and each other, lead them deeper into Blackwood, an old estate that shelters an imperiled grove of trees sacred to the Goddess, a grove it becomes their mission to save.

The Return of the Goddess, A Divine Comedy marks Cunningham’s first explicit exploration of Christianity and the power of a divine feminine, long forgotten, obscured, and suppressed by the Church. She went on to write The Maeve Chronicles, featuring her iconic, outspoken Celtic Magdalen. The Return of the Goddess and her most recent novel, Murder at the Rummage Sale, take the reader inside the world of Cunningham’s origins where a gap in a wall leads from the church to the sacred grove.

Twenty-five years after its first publication The Return of the Goddess, A Divine Comedy remains a classic in what has become a movement, both within established religions and beyond, to reclaim the goddess and to embody her return.

This anniversary reissue includes a brand new preface written by the author.

About Elizabeth Cunningham

The author of nine novels and four collections of poems, Elizabeth Cunningham enjoys the borderlands between genres: history with elements of fantasy, fairytale with psychological realism, mystery and thriller that include humor as well as suspense. She has recorded music inspired by her best known work, The Maeve Chronicles. She is also the author of a graphic novel. Cunningham lives in New York State in the valley of the Mahicantuck, the river that flows both ways. She loves to hike, garden, nap with her cat, and practice Tai Chi Chuan. She is passionate about the preservation and restoration of her region and the planet. In addition to writing, she is a counselor in private practice. The mother of grown children, she lives with her husband, Douglas Smyth, and her cat, Brigette. for more: elizabethcunninghamwrites.com

Product Details

Aug 28, 2017 | 484 pages | 6 x 9

Hardcover | $32.95 | ISBN 9781944190095

Paperback | $22.95 | ISBN 9781944190057

Ebook | $9.99 | ISBN 9781944190064

Critical Acclaim for The Return of the Goddess

“Cunningham’s characters are lovingly realized, her chapters tightly spun about evocative themes, her prose is lean and empathic, and her politics correct.”

Yoga Journal

“A highly sexual, highly sensual spiritual realm…. Passionate and unified at the same time.”

Woodstock Times

“Gracefully crosses the borders of plausibility into a luminous, metaphysical realm.”

Publisher’s Weekly