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May 15, 2013 BOOKLIST
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Reverend America’s real name is Mathias Gaspenny, but nowadays he calls himself Casper. Once upon a time, he was a child preacher and faith healer who captivated audiences across the country. Now, much older and much wiser, he’s come home to Joplin, Missouri, hoping to live out the remainder of his life in quiet reflection. But a chance meeting with a teenage prostitute sets him on a new and unexpected road, and, as he searches for salvation, he replays his life in memory. The novel is almost pure character study, the story of Casper, a man we come to know gradually, as the events of his past life constantly change our perceptions of him. At various times funny, bittersweet, tragic, and terrifying, the book and its central character are sympathetic and memorable.