Follows Maria de las Nieves Moran from closeted girlhood in a riotous convent to social, sexual and intellectual freedom in the giddy city of New York.
Maria's life is told through the lives of the men who are captivated by Maria, but when she gives birth to a daughter whose father she refuses to name, each fails to protect her.
First published 2004.
"'[A] beautiful novel, of a quality rarely seen.' Annie Proulx 'His best book so far... written in rhythms that are sweeping and supremely confident' Colm Toibin, Daily Telegraph 'The Divine Husband confirms Goldman as one of America's most significant living novelists... He has produced a work of ambition, seriousness, passion and seething life.' Claire Messud 'Goldman is a proven authority whose word, without doubt or hesitation, the reader wholeheartedly believes to be true' Alberto Manguel, Independent"
The Ordinary Seaman, his second novel, was a finalist for the International IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award. Both novels were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award.