A Handbook of American Prayer

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Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006 - Fiction - 263 pages
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From the first lines of A Handbook of American Prayer, award-winning author Lucius Shepard signals his place in the classic American tradition of confessional memoirists. While his plot is unique, his literary precedents include the great moral chroniclers of crime on the biblical scale.

Wardlin Stuart is an American messiah, a man who seems to have a direct line to God—but if he does, it's a divinity unlike any you may have prayed to. Stuart's story begins when he kills a man in a bar and is sentenced to ten years in prison for manslaughter. In prison, he composes prose, poems, and prayers addressed to no recognizable god. He intends to produce only small benefits, no miracles. But miraculously, what he asks for happens, whether it be a girlfriend for himself or special privileges for fellow prisoners. Soon Wardlin is regarded as a local shaman, and he emerges from prison a national celebrity. Stardom pushes Wardlin into conflict with a fundamentalist minister, and. the two are destined for a showdown. In the meantime, it seems as if the god to whom Stuart prays has come into being, and is walking the earth.
  

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User Review  - Mitch - Goodreads

This is the first book I've read by Lucius Shepard, and I'm on the fence about whether or not to read more of his output. His story here, about a man who happens on a practical method of prayer that ... Read full review

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User Review  - APShaw - Goodreads

Not sure about this one. The premise was of interest and there were sections that I certainly enjoyed, but there were other parts I merely "got through" and I was left unconvinced by the end - perhaps ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

\Lucius Shepard lives in Vancouver, Washington. An award-winning writer, he is the author of several books, including Valentine and The Jaguar Hunter, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

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