Sweet Jesus

Sweet Jesus

Book - 2012
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Set mainly on Vancouver Island, in Toronto, and in the American Midwest, it tells the story of three siblings who, in the week before the 2012 US Presidential election, reunite and set off on a journey that will transform their lives. Connie Foster, a mother of three young children, learns that her husband’s attempt to maintain their lifestyle has led them to financial ruin. Her sister, Hannah Crowe, a writer, desperately wants to have a child but the man she loves is determined not to. Zeus Ortega, their much younger adopted brother, who left the family home when he was only fifteen, is living in Chicago with his boyfriend and working as a therapeutic clown in a children’s hospital. Prompted by a heartbreaking loss, he quits his job and decides to search for his birth parents in New Mexico. Together, the three siblings head south and, on the way, they visit a mega church in Wichita, Kansas, where their mother, Rose, once had a powerful faith experience, and where they are confronted by the politics of the evangelical right. What unfolds is a captivating story about three people bound by family ties and caught between loyalty and desire, searching for wholeness and finding something more real in its place. Achingly human, infused with sparkling intelligence and dark humour, and revealing of our foibles and our grace, Sweet Jesus illuminates how compassion goes a long way in the absence of certainty.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2012
Description: 309 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780771071232
077107123X
Branch Call Number: Poun

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Mar 09, 2015

This book fails on all levels. In terms of writing, the prose is wooden and amateurish. The characters are not well developed and are often contradictory. The reader never feels engaged by them. Throughout the book, there are briefs encounters with secondary characters, presented in a very stereotypical way - the homeless man, the grieving relative in a waiting room - that serve no purpose. The ending is unsatisfactory and implausible and the last third of the book reads like a parody. A book that did not merit publication.

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