May Book Club Selection: 'Good Sex, Great Prayers' by Brandon Tietz
Every month here at LitReactor, we celebrate reading with a new selection in our Book Club. For May we will be reading and discussing Good Sex, Great Prayers by Brandon Tietz. Here's a synopsis:
Pratt has fallen upon strange times. Father Johnstone, who’s served at the helm for the past thirty years, has begun to lose his flock. He dispenses poor marital advice and indulges in the company of lusting widows, both of which he can hardly remember doing. The pastor has never felt more unlike himself, and Madeline Paige—the town’s newest resident—believes she knows the reason. What she reveals will compromise everything Father Johnstone has ever known. Meanwhile, two men beyond Pratt’s county lines administer their own brand of faith. Billy Burke, the truck-stop preacher, tours the Bible Belt advising blue-collar workers how to properly assault a meth-hooker and the best way to protest gay nightclubs. He’s destined to meet a man that’s been operating out of Las Vegas under many different names, experimenting on a myriad of escorts using Christian lingerie, pious role-play, and Biblical paraphernalia. Together, they will push the threshold, and the town of Pratt will serve as the battleground for when faiths clash and lives hang in the balance.
Author: Brandon Tietz is the author of Out of Touch and Good Sex, Great Prayers. His short stories have been widely published, with work appearing in Warmed and Bound (Velvet Press), Amsterdamned If You Do (CCLAP), Spark: A Creative Anthology (vol. II), and the upcoming Chuck Palahniuk anthology Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press). He is the winner of The Pitch Kansas City's 2012 reader's choice award for best local writer.
Discussion for Good Sex, Great Prayers will kick off on May 1st, but you should pick up the book and start reading ASAP! (We've provided a handy link below). Once you're locked and loaded, you can announce your presence in the Book Club. (No invitation needed!) That thread is where all discussion about the book will go down.
If you read our April Book Club selection, Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer, make sure you check out that thread as discussion there has officially started.
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