God Is Dead

Ron Currie, Jr., Author Viking $23.95 (182p) ISBN 978-0-670-03867-1

A bleak dystopian future is tempered with moments of possibility in story writer Currie's debut novel, in which a sick and wounded Dinka woman arrives at a refugee camp in Darfur, searching for her lost brother. The woman is God, come to Earth in human form to make apologies to the Sudanese, over whose fate He is, "due to an implacable polytheistic bureaucracy, completely powerless." When God is gunned down, news of His death spreads quickly around the globe and provides the jumping-off point for the subsequent short story–like chapters that reveal what happens in a post-God world: suicide rates skyrocket (especially among clergy members), riots and mass looting erupt and the pack of feral dogs that feasted on God's corpse begin "speaking a mishmash of Greek and Hebrew" and inspiring worship among Africans. (Meanwhile, in America, the masses, seeking a deity to fill the void, begin worshipping children.) Looking at humanity through a warped lens allows the various narrators unusual insight; while sometimes overwrought, these observations are often striking, as when an enlightened dog describes the strange new experience of emotion. This novel-in-stories is unsettling and strange, but still easily accessible; despite the ways in which his world has changed, Currie's altered humanity has one foot in ours. (July)

Reviewed on: 04/16/2007
Release date: 07/01/2007
Show other formats
FORMATS
Paperback - 204 pages - 978-0-330-44944-1
Hardcover - 182 pages - 978-0-330-45287-8
Paperback - 288 pages - 978-0-330-44943-4
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 192 pages - 978-1-4295-3562-5
Open Ebook - 192 pages - 978-1-4295-3561-8
Paperback - 182 pages - 978-0-14-311348-5
Open Ebook - 224 pages - 978-1-4472-0433-6
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-59316-376-1
Open Ebook - 192 pages - 978-1-101-20227-2
Audio Product - 1 pages - 978-1-4294-8447-3
Hardcover - 224 pages - 978-1-4472-6252-7
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.