Who Was That Lady? tells the story of Roland Watkins, a young archaeologist who helps to invent an entirely new form of therapy, using as its inspiration the cave art created between 12,000 and 17,000 years ago during the Magdalenian culture, in the deep caverns of South-West France. Magdalenian therapy, as its inventors call it, sweeps the world. But at the height of his success, Roley Watkins begins to suffer from delusions that threaten his sanity. He needs help. How is one to help a healer whose own mind cannot be trusted?
“This book is the very song of the world. I feel in reading this that the author has set inside it not a world, but the world. If aliens were to come and land on our planet and hope to decipher it, this would be the book you could give them that would be the closest to a guide, or place from which to begin. The magic is here, the love, the passion, the deception, the wisdom, the understanding, the pain, the humor. It shines the light of wisdom into crevices and crevasses that have never known light, to map the uncharted parts of earth and psyche no one could imagine ever fitting on a map or thought possible to be understood as lines – yet without inventing a new art form; using only the same old brilliant tools of chiaroscuro and storytelling and music and through the cave-scrawls that gave birth to time itself. The book is intensely readable; you do not have to be able to read or understand the million books it itself has absorbed and absorbs. You could begin here and then find your way to all of its references, the history and literature and culture it holds up as its compass, rather than the other way around.”
–John Keller, author of Know Your Baker