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East meets West in acclaimed author Gina B. Nahai's mesmerizing story of a journalist on a search for the truth about his father's death -- and his own past -- among the mystical, snake-handling Holy Rollers of Appalachia. When Adam Watkins, illegitimate son of ninety-year-old preacher Little Sam Jenkins, learns that his father has died from a snakebite and that a woman na

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Paperback, 268 pages
Published 2004 by Książnica (first published November 1st 2001)
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Rachel
Of religious fanaticism and blind cultist following of false prophets who claim to have so much faith in God that snakes cannot harm them, neither can poison, yet they abandon their families at will and are serial philanderers (tho' only God knows how, seeing that Little sam's physical appearance leaves a lot to be desired, what with all his scars from over 300 snake bites), moonshining etc

Throw in an exotic mysterious sister with a haunted past, a murder, a rebellious daughter who seduces her f
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Lee Razer
A bit of a disappointment. In Nahai's other novels that I've read she brought to life immensely interesting characters that I greatly enjoyed reading about. That was not the case in this novel, whose characters I felt estranged from and mostly uninterested in throughout.

The story is centered on Adam, the illegitimate child of an Appalachian snake handling preacher and a dirt poor mother. He is abandoned by both into an orphanage, and when he reaches adulthood he bitterly leaves his origins behi
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Paula
This was an interesting novel, written about the snake-handling Holy Roller religion in the Appalachian mountains. Adam is a reporter, based in Lebanon, when he picks up a newspaper to find that his father, Little Sam Jenkins, had died of a snakebite wound during one of his charismatic church services. Adam was raised mostly in an orphanage as his mother ran off time and again to try to better herself and his father never acknowledged his birth at all. As soon as he turned 18, Adam had left the ...more
Anna
I will admit without beating - at the beginning I thought that it was an affair. I read the excerpt at the back books and I already formed my opinion about her. And it was a mistake.It turned out that the 'Sunday Silence' is a well written story about people who have to escape the past, have to it after some time measure - Adam, Blue or Professor is the most important characters, which is worth writing. In addition, we have an interesting topic of faith and how it can affect people, how did this ...more
Karen Germain
This book had a really strong start...I really liked Adam and found his character to be intriguing. I loved that it was set in Appalachia and was about snake handlers. Really, any book with quirky religious beliefs, catch my attention. I thought the book started sliding downhill in the last third, when Blue took center stage. I know it was as much her story as Adams, but I just didn't buy into their relationship. I also didn't think her side of the story was half as interesting as his. Nahai is ...more
Nancy Rosenthal
This book was w i l d. Had never heard of these snake handling sects of Christianity. Was a little difficult to follow the charcters at first but once you got a handle on all the incestuous relationships , it made sense. Amazing to think this is going on now in the US. ok.........
Heidi
It was sometimes a bit confusing to pick up the thread of the story with character descriptions going back several generations, however, I found the story fascinating in its descriptions of mining life and holy roller religion.
Heather
I spent a decent amount of time in the 90s visiting the Smoky Mountains and have a growing passion for Appalachia. I loved the structure of this novel and the subject matter.
Anna
The description on the cover was appealing, but whole book was weird. It confirmed that America (or some parts of it) isn't totally mentally well.
Bliss
It says something of my regard for Nahai's novel that I've given copies of it to several friends. It reads like a seductive dream.
Brianne Reeves
Interesting. More of a character study than anything with a plot. It gets a little purple prose-y at times.
Jennifer
Not as good as her others, but still beautifully done.
Chris
Couldn't finish it.
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Gina B. Nahai is a best-selling author, and a professor of Creative Writing at USC. Her novels have been translated into 18 languages, and have been selected as “One of the Best Books of the Year” by the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. They have been finalists for the Orange Award, the IMPAC Award, and the Harold J. Ribalow Award. She is the winner of the Los Angeles Arts Council Award, ...more
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