What if Flannery O'Connor wrote Wise Blood in a crummy strip mall instead of Andalusia? The end result would probably resemble this knockout "Christ haunted" novel. Steinke mines the Grotesque in every corner of the deperate press-board universe she's created and paints each page with startling and innovative metaphor. Check it out if you like to chew your words before you read them. WWJD? Probably buy this book.— From Katelyn
From one of the most daring young writers in America, Jesus Saves, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, is a suburban gothic that explores the sources of evil, confronts the dynamic shifts within theology, and traces the consequences of suburban alienation. Set in the modern launch pads of adolescent ritual, the strip malls and duplexes on the back side of suburbia, it's the story of two girls: Ginger, a troubled minister's daughter; and Sandy Patrick, who has been abducted from summer camp and now smiles from missing-child posters all over town. Layering the dreamscapes of Alice in Wonderland with the subculture of River's Edge, Darcey Steinke's Jesus Saves is an unforgettable passage through the depths of the literary imagination.