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A few words on The Unicorn, The Mystery:

The Unicorn, The Mystery has all the big ideas — passion, redemption, guilt, loneliness, empathy, pride, destiny, humility, lust, and love — told in simple, down-to-earth language. The unicorn’s story will resonate with me for a long time.  — Louis Greenstein, author, The Song of Life

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The Unicorn, The Mystery was chosen to be on Q Spirit’s Top 28 LGBTQ Christian Books of 2020.

The Unicorn: The Mystery” by Janet Mason.

Experience a magical, medieval world through the eyes of a unicorn and the heretical young monk who is enthralled by her in this imaginative historical novel. Hunters are out to capture and perhaps kill the unicorn. The monk’s devotion may turn out to be the unicorn’s rescue or her downfall. Like a beautiful tapestry, the novel weaves together theological debate and unforgettable characters, including queer nuns and their secret cat companion. Mason blends myth and history to conjure up a spellbinding vision. The author is an award-winning creative writer and Unitarian Universalist lay minister. Her novel “They: A Biblical Tale of Secret Genders” appeared on Q Spirit’s list of the top LGBTQ Christian books of 2018. Published by Adelaide Books.

— Kittredge Cherry, publisher of Q Spirit magazine.


The following is from The Prairies Review:

Eloquent and sophisticated.… poignant and full of philosophical observation.

Drawing on the unicorn tapestries at The Cloisters, the medieval branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Mason hauntingly scripts the narrative of the unicorn, the mystical creature pursued by a band of hunters in the “The Hunt of the Unicorn” in her evocative latest. The chapters alternate between the firsthand account of the unicorn and the young monk from the abbey. With language both evocative and fresh, Mason brilliantly brings to life an evocative, imaginative vision of life in a medieval European abbey. Emerging stronger for her late coming understanding of her vanity and gullibility, the unicorn makes for a haunting protagonist. The ingenious, gentle, and perceptive young monk is equally convincing. Incorporated in the narrative are theological arguments about true love, homosexuality, chauvinism, conceit, empathy, passion, religion, and salvation. Mason has delivered a winning tale. Lovers of literary fiction will be rewarded.

The Unicorn, the Mystery: A novel

By Janet Mason

Adelaide Books

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Pub date October 7, 2020

ISBN 978-1953510259

Price $19.60 (USD) Paperback, $7.60 Kindle edition


From The Lesbrary —

The Unicorn, The Mystery is a novel based on a series of seven tapestries titled “The Hunt of the Unicorn.” We follow a (genderless) unicorn through this story, while also getting the point of view of a monk who also makes an appearance in the tapestries. I want to start by saying that this doesn’t have a sapphic point of view character, though the most significant side characters are two nuns who are a couple.

I didn’t know going into this story how religious/spiritual it would be, and I’m not sure I have the background to really understand it. I shouldn’t have been surprised, considering the author is a Unitarian Universalist lay minister who also wrote a book titled THEY, a Biblical Tale of Secret Genders.

To learn more about my novel THEY, a biblical tale of secret genders, click here:


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