by Robert Mayer
A droll comedy/drama about love and the gods, Confessions of a Rain God is set among the classic Mayas. They, of course, did not predict the end of the world. (It caught them by surprise.) The book is narrated by the Mayan rain god Chac — long-nosed and elderly — the most important god of the Mayas, who depend on his rain for their very lives. Chac has the misfortune to fall in love with a beautiful young Maya girl, Tika. But physical love between a god and a mortal is forbidden, causing no end of frustration for the droll old fellow. How he copes — and fails to cope — is a bawdy, romantic tale of love and blood, which gives a new twist to the questionable saying, Love Conquers All.