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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.
About 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.
Posted July 3, 2001
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.
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