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Library JournalFrederick Buechner's (b. 1926) published novels, sermons, essays, and portraits of biblical characters have long been most appreciated by readers of Christian literature and theological writings. His meaty novels in particular, which use Christian faith as leitmotif, pay deep attention to the ambiguities of human existence. Brown (English, Calvin Coll.) presents literary analyses of Buechner's writings, particularly his fiction, and explores various aspects of his career and work. He organizes the book into 11 chapters, each dealing with one of Buechner's published works, e.g., A Long Day's Dying, the Leo Bebb tetralogy, and Godric. Brown considers Buechner one of the most important voices in the last 50 years of American literature and among the foremost of those novelists writing seriously about issues of faith; he is critical of throwaway popular Christian fiction full of simplistic morality tales. A bibliography ends each chapter, and a general bibliography ends the book; there is also a useful annotated chronology. This solid and thorough work is recommended for larger public and academic libraries and all collections specializing in Christian literature; highly recommended.