Jesus in America and Other Stories from the Field by Claudia Gould

By Claudia Gould

Drawing on ethnographic box paintings she performed between Christians in her domestic nation of North Carolina, Claudia Gould crafts tales that lay open the human center and social issues of fundamentalist trust. those tales and the compelling characters who inhabit them draw us into the advanced essence of non secular adventure between southern American Christians.

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Wesley took after him more than his mother, Ruth decided, although Wesley was tall, like her. Mrs. Middlewright brought a pitcher of tea, misted with cold, and tall glasses on a tray. Ruth accepted hers gladly, but she did not linger. She could smell their Sunday dinner. The smell drifted out the front door, mixing with the cut-grass scent from next door where a Sabbath-breaking neighbor was mowing his lawn. She mustn’t keep them. Besides, her own dinner would be waiting. She and Wesley had hardly exchanged a word.

He was in her history class. She wondered aloud whether they were in the same exam set. They had English together, too. He hadn’t liked Catcher in the Rye. She had forgotten that, but now it came back to her. It must be hard to write an essay on a book you didn’t like, didn’t they think? She had liked Catcher in the Rye, but Wesley said that Holden Caulfield sounded like a spoiled rich kid to him and 44 Jesus in America he couldn’t get interested. Besides, Wesley said why weren’t they reading something contemporary, something relevant?

They had English together, too. He hadn’t liked Catcher in the Rye. She had forgotten that, but now it came back to her. It must be hard to write an essay on a book you didn’t like, didn’t they think? She had liked Catcher in the Rye, but Wesley said that Holden Caulfield sounded like a spoiled rich kid to him and 44 Jesus in America he couldn’t get interested. Besides, Wesley said why weren’t they reading something contemporary, something relevant? “It sounds like your friend Wesley holds strong opinions,” said Sam.

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