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Caroline PrestonPreachers in literature—from Arthur Dimmesdale to Elmer Gantry—tend to be a sanctimonious, hypocritical lot who do not practice what they sermonize. At first blush, the foil in Dennis McFarland's new novel, Letter from Point Clear—a charismatic evangelical minister—seems straight out of the feet-of-clay seminary. But, as he has amply demonstrated in his five previous novels, McFarland's attitude toward even his most flawed characters is nuanced and compassionate…In Letter from Point Clear, McFarland turns a comic showdown between New England skeptics and Bible Belt fundamentalists into an eloquent meditation on the many meanings of faith.
—The Washington Post