Plume, Winter 2009
Nic Delano-Coen is the thirteen year-old son of Lucy Delano, a professor of astronomy every bit a woman of science, and a professed atheist, who is raising a son on her own. Nic's father has taken a job out of state, but in his heart he knows there's more to his parents' separation than that. Nic is looking for answers - but sparks fly when his mom discovers he's been sneaking off to church.
BELIEVE ME is a novel that explores questions of faith, science, and the inability of people with different belief systems to find common ground - even within a family.
“When I began Nina Killham's story of the irrefutable power of things unseen when tragedy batters a "rational" family, I was stunned at its assurance. When I learned that the story of Nic Delano and his mother, threatened by faith, not the lack of it, was Killham's third novel, I saw that she had gone, as it says in the Book of Common Prayer, from strength to strength. Anyone would have been proud to have written this book.”—Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN