A Novel

Book - 2018
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"When an evangelical preacher in Tennessee offers shelter to two gay men after a catastrophic flood, he's met with resistance by his wife and congregation, and eventually loses custody of his son. He decides to kidnap his son and flee to Key West, where he suspects his estranged gay brother is living"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616206253
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 22 cm


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"In the aftermath of a flood that washes away much of a small Tennessee town, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew--and risks losing everything."

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Jan 09, 2019

What to say other than I wish more people would read and understand rather than judging and fearing anyone who is different.

Aug 15, 2018

The plot, baldly stated, is highly dramatic, maybe overly so. But the writing is so descriptive, so lush, that the story of a father who can't bear to be without his young son, who is also his best friend, seems very straightforward. There's so much pain in the book, also so much capacity for change and search for redemption. I'd never heard of Silas House before, and was first attracted by the delightful book jacket. I will seek out some of his earlier books.

Aug 07, 2018

The author addresses sensitively and effectively, a subject that creates a split between those who believe in the literal word of the bible without willing to take into consideration that life, including scientific knowledge, continues to evolve over the centuries.
Two brothers, one an evangelical minister whose life experience contributes towards gradual changes in his belief system and the other, a homosexual, as well as other significant family members and the meaningful inclusion of a dog, all make for a strong story line made all the more more powerful through the characterization of a nine year old boy, an old soul, who is split between the beliefs of his parents.


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