After a solar eclipse, nineteen people were found dead in a remote area of the California National Forest. They were lying in a circle, holding hands and wearing plastic fairy wings. Years later, on the other side of the country, no one in the southern city of Jefferson is concerned about fairies or fairy-worshiping suicide cults. Except for Candy. She might not have proof, but she’s damn sure it’s going to happen again. The problem is, Candy is a coke-dealing stripper and the only person who will listen to her is an alcoholic mall Santa named Hank, who’s only listening because, well…she’s hot. There are seven days until the next eclipse.
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Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Amy is most at home when surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains or the great blue sea.
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I honestly don't know how I would categorize this book. Drama? Religious? Suspense? Comedy? It is none of these and all of these rolled into one. Definitely a great read. The cast of characters are funny in description but have fantastic personalities. We have the very main characters, Hank, the alcoholic mall Santa, and Candy, a drug dealing stripper who, together, try to stop a fairy worshiping cult from a mass suicide. Included in this cast is a lunatic,shroomed out Mother who has her daughter believing in the fairies and her daughters young friend who goes along with her, happy to just be included, who also happens to be the son of Hank's girlfriend. This is how they get involved in the first place. There are a few more secondary characters that add to the diversity and importance of the story. At first I was a bit turned off by the title because I am not into religious books. While there are some extreme Christians in the story, the main religious focus is about the fairy worshiping I mentioned earlier, so anyone who might consider skipping this book based on the title should give it a try. This book is not about religion. Hank and Candy absolutely make this book worth reading. They have become two of my all time favorite characters from any book. While their descriptions are dead on accurate, they are fantastic, lovable characters that you can't help but root for. This is a book i will be re-reading for a long time.
At first glance the title of The Atheist’s Prayer might repel the more religious while attracting non-believers. That initial impression is not only too simplistic an interpretation of the title (why would an atheist be praying?), but also assuming way too much. That isn’t to say that belief in a deity or the lack of such belief doesn’t figure into the story. The characters in the book run the gamut of beliefs with my favorite, seven year-old Kevin, trying to make sense of it all. All the major characters are multi-dimensional and, like real people, refuse to conform to stereotype. Those that, at first blush, seem to have little going for them, confound that impression in the end, while those that seem to be among the best of people, show that appearances can be deceiving. In the end, they’re all human, with flaws and good qualities that aren’t immediately apparent. No matter where you stand personally, if you approach The Atheist’s Prayer with an open mind, it will help illustrate the potential, both good and bad, in all people, regardless of which deity (if any) they choose to believe in. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
A great first novel by this author! she has hit the ground running and doesn't seem to be looking back.