Reverend America

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MATHIAS TRUE IS REVEREND AMERICA. CALLING YOU BACK TO THE HOLY MUSIC OF LIFE. IT IS TRUE! LOVE IS YOUR ONLY REDEEMER! Rocky is the road. Weary is the way. Lay your burden down. Come be Healed by this Glorious WHITE KNIGHT! Mathias is better known as Casper, an albino preacher who had healing ways in his youth. Back in his hometown of Joplin, Missouri seeking rest from years of hurt, Casper soon finds himself with the pregnant teenage prostitute Angelike outrunning their pasts on the great road south. Dangers ...

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MATHIAS TRUE IS REVEREND AMERICA. CALLING YOU BACK TO THE HOLY MUSIC OF LIFE. IT IS TRUE! LOVE IS YOUR ONLY REDEEMER! Rocky is the road. Weary is the way. Lay your burden down. Come be Healed by this Glorious WHITE KNIGHT! Mathias is better known as Casper, an albino preacher who had healing ways in his youth. Back in his hometown of Joplin, Missouri seeking rest from years of hurt, Casper soon finds himself with the pregnant teenage prostitute Angelike outrunning their pasts on the great road south. Dangers follow them, characters as crazed and colorful as America’s own history greet them, and Casper finds himself on the unexpected road to salvation. Singing in a space between Flannery O’Connor and Carl Hiaasen, Reverend America mixes the old with the new. A kicking and spitting true-to-life tale that is Saknussemm’s most heart-rending to date.

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“Weird as a carnival midway and real and tragic as blues harmonica. Reverend America is blisteringly good. Kris Saknussemm is red-hot and smoking.” – Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander (Oprah Book Club Pick)

“A picaresque tale of a prodigy albino orphan crisscrossing the country to heal a big tent of weird but heart-warming losers. The best road trip is enlightening and redemptive. Reverend America gives us a damn good one.” – Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“Saknussemm is a rare visionary of American culture, a fearless artist with his very own skew on the western world. Reverend America is brilliant!” – Jonathan Evison, New York Times best-selling author of West of Here

“Once upon a time, Mathias Gaspenny was a child preacher and faith healer who captivated audiences across the country. Now, much older and wiser, he’s come home to Joplin, Missouri, hoping to live out the remainder of his life in quiet reflection. But a chance meeting with a teenage prostitute sets him on a new and unexpected road, and, as he searches for salvation, he replays his life in memory. Reverend America is almost pure character study, the story of Casper, a man we come to know gradually, as the events of his past life constantly change our perceptions of him. At various times funny, bittersweet, tragic, and terrifying, the book and its central character are sympathetic and memorable.” – Booklist

“There was a time when ficti onal men and women grew all their hair as long as they could and wondered about what America meant and whether the American Experiment was ever or could ever be a success. Reverend America wanders through a United States that barely exists anymore in modern fiction . . . a thesis statement on old-fashioned salvation.” – Paul Constant, The Stranger

“If Reverend America were a pop song it'd be the catchy collaborative baby Tom Waits and Nick Cave never had. The half-mad, down-on-his luck albino protagonist begins life in a loveless religious orphanage, then goes on to itinerant carnie life, prisons, mental institutions, and evangelical Christianity. It all na-na-nas off the page in a very natural way, in tone and vernacular. The veins of Reverend America are the highways of the United States, the pulse deeply human and lined with grit. [It] is distinctly earthbound, dealing out the sacred and the profane in equal measures, salvation holding hands with criminality all the way through.” – East Bay Express

“Reverend America is an impressive virtuoso comic tour de force, yet within the same remarkable novel is the sad and moving story of a world that moment by moment is losing itself.” – Jonathan Baumbach, author of B: A Novel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984428854
  • Publisher: Dark Coast Press
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kris Saknussemm is the award-winning author of three internationally acclaimed novels, a short story collection, and a collection of his visual art. Kirkus called Saknussemm “exuberantly weird.” Kris is the son of a Congregational minister and the great-grandson of one of America’s most famous evangelists. He is currently at the Black Mountain Insititute of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas for the Gallagher Fellowship.

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