Modern Baptists

Modern Baptists

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by James Wilcox
     
 

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Universally and repeatedly praised ever since it first appeared in 1983, Modern Baptists is the book that launched novelist James Wilcox's career and debuted the endearingly daft community of Tula Springs, Louisiana. It's the tale of Bobby Pickens, assistant manager of Sonny Boy Bargain Store, who gains a new lease on life, though he almost comes to regret it.

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Universally and repeatedly praised ever since it first appeared in 1983, Modern Baptists is the book that launched novelist James Wilcox's career and debuted the endearingly daft community of Tula Springs, Louisiana. It's the tale of Bobby Pickens, assistant manager of Sonny Boy Bargain Store, who gains a new lease on life, though he almost comes to regret it. Bobby's handsome half brother F.X. — ex-con, ex-actor, and ex-husband three times over — moves in, and things go awry all over town. Mistaken identities; entangled romances with Burma, Toinette, and Donna Lee; assault and battery; charges of degeneracy; a nervous breakdown — it all comes to a head at a Christmas Eve party in a cabin on a poisoned swamp. This is sly, madcap romp that offers readers the gift of abundant laughter.

Modern Baptists was included in Harold Bloom's The Western Canon, in GQ magazine's forty-fifth anniversary issue as one of the best works of fiction in the past forty-five years, and among Toni Morrison's "favorite works by unsung writers" in U.S. News and World Report.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807131664
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Series:
Voices of the South Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
682,307
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

James Wilcox is the author of eight novels, including North Gladiola, Miss Undine's Living Room, Guest of a Sinner, and, most recently, Heavenly Days. He is Robert Penn Warren Professor and director of creative writing at Louisiana State University and lives in Baton Rouge.

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Modern Baptists 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is certainly one of the funniest stories I have ever read, right on up there with _The Mouse That Roared_ and _A Confederacy of Dunces_. It offers a keenly observed view of small-town life in the South, written with satire so biting it would be vicious were it not undercut with Wilcox's seemingly genuine affection for the losers he depicts and respect for the depressing setting of their mishaps. If you like irreverent humor, or if you just like the image of a trashy teenager sipping on a Rum-and-Tab, this book's for you.