Snakewoman of Little Egypt: A Novel

Snakewoman of Little Egypt: A Novel

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by Robert Hellenga
     
 

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Jackson Jones is trying to decide whether to remain an anthropology professor in his small Midwestern town, or to return to doing fieldwork among the Mbuti people, in their African Garden of Eden. His ruminations are interrupted by the arrival of a late friend's niece, who has just been sprung from jail. Sunny admits that she shot her husband, an evangelical pastor

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Jackson Jones is trying to decide whether to remain an anthropology professor in his small Midwestern town, or to return to doing fieldwork among the Mbuti people, in their African Garden of Eden. His ruminations are interrupted by the arrival of a late friend's niece, who has just been sprung from jail. Sunny admits that she shot her husband, an evangelical pastor from the Little Egypt region of Illinois, but he had it coming after forcing her to take on a rattle snake. As an anthropologist, Jackson is curious about Sunny's experiences with The Church of the Burning Bush; as a man, he is not immune to her backwoods sassiness. Although Sunny is pleased to be with a kind partner at last, she is also serious about her belated education--funded by her late uncle--at Jackson's university. French and herpetology compete for her attention, and Jackson's plan to take her to Paris to propose marriage are waylaid when she decides to travel to an academic conference with her biology professor instead. Jackson is crushed and heads for Little Egypt in Sunny's absence, to get to know her ex-husband and to study the snake-handling ceremonies at his evangelical church. Complications ensue, including Jackson's near-death experience and Sunny's murder of her ex, but fate is a positive force for all in the end. Packed with both information and emotion, Snakewoman of Little Egypt delivers Robert Hellenga at the top of his form.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608193233
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/20/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
757,531
File size:
927 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Hellenga was educated at the University of Michigan and Princeton University. He is a professor at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and the author of the novels The Sixteen Pleasures, The Fall of a Sparrow, Blues Lessons, Philosophy Made Simple, and The Italian Lover.
Robert Hellenga was educated at the University of Michigan and Princeton University. He is a professor at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and the author of the novels The Sixteen Pleasures, The Fall of a Sparrow, Blues Lessons, Philosophy Made Simple, and The Italian Lover.

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Snakewoman of Little Egypt 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
tenagail More than 1 year ago
If you like books set in the south with quirky characters and a bizzare storyline, then you will enjoy this book. I loved Sunny the main character, she grows tremendously through her triumphs and tragedies, of which there are many. The characters are fleshed out well and are likable, at least some of the time. The story shows that most people are good, as well as bad, sometimes you have to look real hard for the good or even look at things upsidedown, but it's there. Interesting people, interesting story. I recomend it.
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Sara Arnold More than 1 year ago
Somehow Dr Hellenga gets into the head of women in his writing and successfully crafts entertaining stories that are bigger than life, celebrate life, and encourage independent thinking and action for women. I applaud his work and spirit. I just wish his characters would find the satisfaction that accompanies committed relationships. It would make a better, happy, ending.
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