Revival season : a novel

by West, Monica, 1977-

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Summary
The daughter of one of the South's most famous Baptist preachers discovers a shocking secret about her father that puts her at odds with both her faith and her family in this "tender and wise" (Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth ) debut novel.

Every summer, fifteen-year-old Miriam Horton and her family pack themselves tight in their old minivan and travel through small southern towns for revival season: the time when Miriam's father--one of the South's most famous preachers--holds massive healing services for people desperate to be cured of ailments and disease.This summer, the revival season doesn't go as planned, and after one service in which Reverend Horton's healing powers are tested like never before, Miriam witnesses a shocking act of violence that shakes her belief in her father--and in her faith.

When the Hortons return home, Miriam's confusion only grows as she discovers she might have the power to heal--even though her father and the church have always made it clear that such power is denied to women. Over the course of the next year, Miriam must decide between her faith, her family, and her newfound power that might be able to save others, but, if discovered by her father, could destroy Miriam.

Celebrating both feminism and faith, Revival Season is a story of spiritual awakening and disillusionment in a Southern, black, Evangelical community. Monica West's transporting coming-of-age novel explores complicated family and what it means to live among the community of the faithful.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Fifteen-year-old Miriam Horton is the daughter of a southern pastor. During a summer revival, Miriam learns of a secret about her father that changes her perspective on the supposed healing capabilities he's well known for. While Miriam questions her father's ministry, an accident occurs that causes her to learn of her own powers. She struggles with whether to live in her truth and bring her gift to light, or cower in the dull shadows behind her father. As Miriam leans into her feminist values, she starts to understand her parents more as people than as idols. In the end she learns that every gift comes with a price and not every ailment is meant to be eased. West's debut is a bold insight into traditional southern Christianity and its contradictions to contemporary perspectives on gender equality. She writes with a melodic cadence that is honest and often heartbreaking. Her characters are three-dimensional people who tug at readers' emotions. West's refreshing literary voice and thought-provoking perspective hint at a wealth of stories to come."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "West's explosive debut charts the spiritual reckoning of a Baptist faith healer's daughter. Fifteen-year-old Miriam Horton accompanies her family on an annual summer revival tour centered on evangelical conversion and healing throughout the present-day Midwest and South. As in years past, her father, Rev. Samuel Horton yearns to break the "two-thousand soul mark," his ever-elusive goal for a successful revival season. Her father's tour of perfunctory healing ends in Bethel, N.C., where a drunken man confronts the reverend, accusing him of fraud. Horton rebukes the man, then beats him in an uncontrollable fit of rage. Miriam surreptitiously watches the confrontation and its aftermath, and as a result her relationship with her father and her own views about spiritual healing are irrevocably altered. After returning home to East Mansfield, Tex., Miriam makes her first attempt at healing prayer with her best friend, Micah, who has become seriously ill with diabetes. More secret healings ensue, as Miriam's personal spiritual awakening runs counter to the biblical injunctions stressed by her father and the Church. West does a fantastic job illuminating the struggles faced by women and girls in the Southern Baptist evangelical movement, and the change in Miriam is palpable and moving. West's deep understanding of her characters and community makes for essential reading. Agent: Duvall Osteen, Aragi Inc. (June)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Baptists -- Fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 292 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781982133306
1982133309
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