A Tale of Angels, a Donkey, and Stones Whispering Stories Godly Players around the world will want to read Jerome Berryman‚Äôs first novel. It is the tale of an old Episcopal priest, who loves Florence, and goes there to try to recover from the death of his wife of fifty years. He takes with him a copy of Boccaccio‚Äôs Decameron and stories he has written during his life to make a book of his own. His twenty stories become part of this story, as he struggles to bind them together to make a new life. This fictional (yet somewhat autobiographical tale ‚Äì Dr. Berryman lost his own wife of many years back in 2009) is, as he describes, a bit of serious but smiling play, where even the city herself becomes a teller of tales for a new life, a vita nuova.