Asylum for Nightface

Bruce Brooks, Author Laura Geringer Book $13.95 (144p) ISBN 978-0-06-027060-5
More surreal then Brooks's What Hearts?, this philosophical novel does not court mass appeal. Initially, readers may have trouble making connections between the 14-year-old narrator's rambling thoughts about chessboard patterns, images of Christ and comic book collectibles. Those willing to follow the author's winding path, however, will find the nonsequiturs do eventually mesh as the central conflict emerges. The crux of the matter: the sudden transformation of the main character's radical, hash-smoking parents, who undergo a spiritual awakening during a vacation in Jamaica. Mesmerized (or brainwashed) by a charismatic minister, they return home seeking forgiveness from their straight-laced son, Zimmerman. If Zimmerman is skeptical of his parents' overflow of love and admiration, he is downright flabbergasted by their intention to publicly proclaim him a ""living saint."" Some readers may be put off by the author's satirical depiction of born-again Christians, but others will applaud his attempt to challenge fundamentalism and conventional morality. Ages 12-up. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/03/1996
Release date: 06/01/1996
Show other formats
FORMATS
Library Binding - 978-0-06-027061-2
Paperback - 160 pages - 978-0-06-447214-2
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-21141-3
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-17459-6
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.