Dante De Luz’s steel was forged in his youth, in the crucible of harsh losses and triumphant love. But that steel gets tested like never before as the revelation of a family secret presents the young Catholic priest with the toughest challenge of his life, with stakes that couldn’t get any higher.
Review by Robert Curtis, The Catholic Sun
Wing Tip: Sure to be a Catholic Classic
…Aside from death and taxes, here’s one more thing that is certain in this life: Sherry Boas’ new novel, Wing Tip, will be a classic of Catholic literature.
It’s not only that Boas has interesting characters – which she does – or even plot twists that keep a reader interested – which she also does – but it’s that this novel is very much like reading all of Catholic Church teaching in a real-world setting. Characters stand for that teaching by the way they live their lives, despite all their failings, and among events that mirror the very real issues embroiling Catholics and other Christians today. The genius of this novel is that the teaching and issues will suddenly jump out because of an action of one of the characters.
The main character is Fr. Dante De Luz, a diocesan priest, and always a good choice for a Catholic novel; but don’t let the priest’s everyman name escape your notice – Dante, of Inferno fame, and De Luz, or “Of Light.” Allegories abound.
Fr. Dante is a compassionate, charitable person, taking his vows and beliefs seriously and using almost every waking moment to evangelize. He even faces a moment of political-correctness, which he properly diverts and turns into evangelization, a skill we all could use in our everyday lives…
The main flow of the story and all the back stories, sub stories and stories in passing is the movement from ignorance to enlightenment as Fr. Dante wins some of his battles and loses a few … Loss highlights the twists and turns of the story, loss of friends, family and other loved ones who point us ever toward the cross, the passion and redemption of Christ. Instead of being depressing and negative, the tone is triumphant, bolstered by Catholic teaching that creates a unified worldview and a way of life filled with hope that takes us thoroughly beyond the mundane.
The title, not about doves as we might expect, refers to the shoe lost by Mateo and found by Elina, ala reverse Cinderella. Instead of a princess with a fairy godmother, however, we have faithful Catholics who find salvation as the fact of their lives.
Magnificent read, highly recommended.
Reviewer Robert Curtis, a life-professed Lay Dominican, is the author of 17 books, holds a master’s in creative writing, teaches composition at the University of Phoenix and creative writing at Rio Salado Community College.