2013-08-26 08:12:42 - God’s Naked Will and other Sacrilege is an absorbing debut collection of stories, bold, risky, and entertaining--at turns erotic and hysterical--that are visionary, yet anchored in the details of ordinary, blue-collar life in the south. Within these pages faith collides with schizophrenia and demon possession, incest and deformity, devoted virgins and hired studs, illness and addiction, alternative life-styles and nude weddings, sexual choices and preferences, masturbation and voyeurism, cock-fights and executions, ministers and deacons. Each story packs a mean, unrelenting flurry of gut punches that prove to be brutal and unrelenting.
From the precipitous bluffs of Mt. Nebo, to the inner city of Chicago, from the simmering waters of Hot Springs to the Kahlua colored waters of the Hatchie-Coon bottoms of the St. Francis River, from the death chamber at the Cummins Correctional Unit to a swingers resort on the Yucatan Peninsula, from frog races at the Toad Suck ferry to cockfights in Puerto Moreles, from the reality of now to the surreal of the after-life, readers will find themselves transported through time and space and feel the primal urges, the yearnings, and the spiritual convictions of these characters as their faith, heavy as a curse upon them, guides them through their ideas of right and wrong, of morality and depravity.
Naked Will by C.D. Mitchell. Burnt Bridge Press, Gulfport, MS.
5.0" x 8.0" (12.70 x 20.32 cm) Black & White on Cream paper, 162 pages
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Paper-back edition: $15.99