Lia Cacciari

Lia Cacciari is a writer of historic fiction that explores the psychological narrative within the Medieval Christian world.  How she found her passion began in adolescence through the doorway to Tudor England (is there a more interesting dysfunctional family for any emerging anglophile?).  Several pivotal early incidents of her imagination being captured before she knew where knew how or why, include (to name a few): the haunting opening music of the 1966 film “A Man for All Seasons” (by Georges Delerue), and the discovery of Shakespeare (both visual and auditory!) – first experienced through the amber lens cinematography of the Zeffirelli version of “Taming of the Shrew."  The doorway (by this time framed of hewn oak carved with runes and vine scrolls) led through others, always further back in time – all the way to the early English Church, encompassed by the study of the early Catholic Church (for which she is grateful to Jaroslav Pelikan for his seminal work "The Emergence of Catholic Traditiion, AD 100-600" and of course, Bede the Venerable and Saint Paul.  She will time-travel virtually anywhere pre-industrial age, and has drawn inspiration also from John Keats, the Bronte sisters, Thomas Hardy and Carl Jung.  When not writing or working with premed students at Stanford University, she is planning her next walking tour in Northern England.    


Her works of fiction reflect her fascination with the Middle Ages.  Hieros Gamos (Sacred Union) – A Confession marks her publishing debut. She is currently preparing for publication, a large work of fiction set in early medieval Britain.  She can be reached at bernicianpub@gmail.com.

Book Reviews by Lia Cacciari

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The Well: A Novel

Mara, a young, intelligent and faithful Samaritan woman of the village of Sychar, has assumed the role of caretaker for her mother and younger half-brother, Asher.   Mara’s story of struggle and humiliation opens the novel, revealing how the plight of her emotionally ill mother, Nava, has shaped her life. 

Nava is a woman of rare beauty and often too bold a spirit for her stiff-necked and self-righteous fellow villagers.  After the birth of her son, Asher, who is born crippled, she suffers a severe on-going depression.  Nava’s husband, the father of Asher, separates from he...

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