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Hallelujah Side

3.09 of 5 stars 3.09  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"It had been a Second Coming sky all day, which meant they might be in heaven by this evening." So begins the story of Roxanne Fish, daughter of Sister Zelda Fish and Pastor Winston Fish of the First Assembly of God Church of Ames, Iowa. The Fishes' older daughter, Colleen, wants no part of their exuberant faith, but Roxy longs to be saved even as she fears her sinful desi ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 6th 1999 by Delphinium (first published 1999)
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Comes close to being a very good, funny book. But the limited viewpoint of the narrator comes off as a constraint.

The perspective is limited to that of Roxanne Fish, a young girl who believes the Rapture is coming any day now. Probably tonight. Her naivete coupled with the extent to which her family and neighbors are crazy make for what should be a rollicking romp through growing up in the 50s in an evangelical household. But much of it is just confusing. And because Roxanne has no perspective
The Fish family of the First Assemblies of God Church of Ames, Iowa, as told by Roxanne Fish. As recommended by Marla, who likes a little humor with her spirituality.
Young Roxanne Fish is part of a saved evangelical family; all others are sinners. This is her story as a 1950’s pastor’s daughter in Iowa and then California. I found Roxy’s vivid imagination and daydreams of awaiting the Rapture difficult to grasp and akin to Alice in Wonderland (which I also didn’t enjoy reading). Roxy’s no angel either with her sneaking around, some drinking (she’s about 11) and stealing pearls that are given in a church offering. There are allusions that her mother was no sa ...more
An amusing story that draws extensively on the language of Pentecostalism. A nine-year-old girl struggles to be saved & filled with the Holy Spirit & against temptation to sing rock & roll music. The author mostly goes for the emotions--laughs & empathy--rather than bigger ideas. On the other hand, she does not abuse (nor romanticize--well, not too much) Pentecostalism. It's not an important book, but it is an enjoyable one for people who know something of the tradition--probably ...more
Interesting story...I liked the development of Roxanne, but overall I didn't come away with strong feelings about the novel one way or another.
Marla Glenn
A really funny first novel.
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The daughter of two Pentecostal preachers, Rhoda Huffey lives in Venice Beach, California. She is a magazine writer and a tap dancer who teaches and performs extensively. She also holds an MFA from the University of California at Irvine, and has been published in Ploughshares. The Hallelujah Side is her first novel.
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