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Man in the Woods by Scott Spencer
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Jan 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, four-star-plus
Read from January 27 to 31, 2011

A novel about faith. A secular man (who lives with a religious woman) unintentionally kills a man and gradually comes to terms with his actions, gaining a level of religious faith along the way. Curiously, his companion and lover, a popular religious writer and radio commentator, finds her faith disappearing. At the center of the novel is the dog that formerly belonged to the slain man, and there is even a line somewhere in the middle of the story where the author points out that "dog" is "god" backwards. Scott Spencer overcomes the triteness of that observation by writing a gripping, suspenseful, character-driven novel that stands with Jonathan Franzen's Freedom. Man in the Woods is a terrific read.

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