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The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn by Janis Hallowell
Francesca Dunn, struggling like any teenager to find her place in the world, is seen by a homeless man, Chester, who suddenly has a vision of her as the Holy Virgin. When he sees her helping out at a local cafe, he falls to his knees before her. Chester, either insane or a visionary, spreads the word of her holiness and crowds come to offer devotion to her. Francesca's mother, a scientist and disbeliever, tries to shield her from it all and get her psychotherapy. Others offer Francesca their aid or seek to profit from her celebrity. Francesca gets caught up in the frenzy and begins to wonder if the adoration was really meant for her. The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn has received mostly positive reviews with BookPage.com saying, "Beautifully written and brimming with strong, appealingly eccentric characters, this magical and modern twist on the story of the Virgin's Annunciation raises intriguing questions about the nature of contemporary faith and religion."