Monday, December 29, 2008

Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet

Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet by Joanne Proulx
When seventeen-year-old Luke Hunter foretells the death of his friend with freakish accuracy, his life gets complicated. Everyone in Stokum, Michigan, his rank little pinprick of a hometown, knows about the premonition and wants to know more. But Luke holds everyone-the local news crew, his parents, his buddy Fang-at arm's length, telling no one that the death premonitions keep happening. Terrified, he lurches through a personal minefield studded with previously unconsidered existential ponderings, Christian fundamentalists, and a dream girl who his dead friend left behind. Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet is a darkly comic coming-of-age novel that nails contemporary youth culture. Read it then enrich the linger with this website and suggested music.


Jodi Mitchell said...

...ultimately redemptive story celebrates adolescence with compassionate understanding. A glorious wow of an ending has Luke discovering his own salvation, standing with Faith...rejoicing simply in their youth.

Samantha Haywood said...

A debut novel that's sharp, edgy and slightly skewed-all qualities Luke consummately embodies.

Katherine Weber said...

...a pitch-perfect glimpse of that powerful yet paradoxically fragile moment in adolescence when the world is rushing at you and you are rushing at it.