Irish novelist Colm Toibin talks about his new book The Testament of Mary.
That's Mary as in Mary and Joseph. Mary, the Queen of Heaven. But this Mary is presenting herself without the soft focus of sanctity. Mary, a woman living in the city of Ephesus, is recalling, with devastating clarity, the life of her charismatic son. The antics of his fanatical followers. And the sheer, flesh-tearing horror of seeing her boy tortured to death. This is a short, devastating book. Some are calling it heresy.