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The 53rd Card

A Dark Tale about Finding Light

Virginia Weiss

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.00" x 9.00"
  • ISBN: 9781592988150
  • Publication Date: 2017-10-24
  • Beaver's Pond Press

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The 53rd Card

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2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award - Gold Winner
2018 Midwest Book Awards - Gold Winner
2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Gold Winner & Finalist
12th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards - Gold Winner & Finalist
2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award - Honorable Mention
Yearning for that Indefinable thing, that ever-elusive something one might call home? The 53rd Card may point your way to it.

Agoraphobic Emma Addison is afraid of any place too far from home, afraid of outside. But when one Christmas Eve she inadvertently summons the devil, she opens a door that will not close.

Emma dismisses her unbidden guest, though not before relinquishing a cherished stone carving of Kuan Yin—an unwitting concession that bestows on her an unusual power. This power isn’t much—but it’s plenty enough to spark a craving for the devil’s tantalizing promise of more.

And now Emma has some disquieting choices to make. Because if the devil is real, doesn’t that mean God is too? But if God is real, then why is the world such a mess and so desperately wanting the attention of the very power in her hands?

Meanwhile, a door hangs open, a portal through which the devil will step, through which a host of divine beings will follow, all with an agenda of their own. And impelled to the remotest regions of faith and doubt, Emma discovers a place beyond both—a place the reader just might recognize as home.


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“Showing a genuine flair for original and engaging narrative storytelling, with ‘The 53rd Card’, author Virginia Weiss has written an inherently compelling and consistently entertaining novel that will linger in the mind and memory long after it has been finished and set back upon the shelf.”—Midwest Book Review


"Virginia Weiss' novel, The 53rd Card, is an utterly readable fusion of fantasy, spiritual speculation, and mystery that chronicles a young woman's harrowing journey to enlightenment. . . . readers who enjoy profoundly philosophical novels will find this Faustian novel highly entertaining and deeply thought-provoking."—BlueInk Review



“Elegant seems a good descriptor of Weiss’s writing style, as her sentences read like poems on the page. She describes every scene, moment, and character with such life. From the beautiful moments to the darker ones, each one convinces the reader that they could be within the story itself.” —Reader Views

Virginia Weiss

Virginia Weiss lives in Minnesota. The 53rd Card is her first novel.