The Brunist Day of Wrath

By Robert Coover

West Condon, small-town united states, 5 years later: the Brunists are again, loonies and “cretins” aplenty in tow, short of it all—sainthood and salvation, vainness and vacuity, God’s fury and a very good laugh—for the top is at hand.

The Brunist Day of Wrath, the long-awaited sequel to the award-winning The foundation of the Brunists, is either a scathing indictment of fundamentalism and a cautious exam of a global the place faith competes with funds, logic, depression, and reason.

Robert Coover has released fourteen novels, 3 books of brief fiction, and a suite of performs because the starting place of the Brunists obtained the William Faulkner origin First Novel Award in 1966. His brief fiction has seemed within the New Yorker, Harper’s, and Playboy, among many different guides. A long-time professor at Brown college, he makes his domestic windfall, Rhode Island.

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