Child of God

Lolita Files (Author)


In this searing novel, bestselling author Lolita Files tells the tale of a Southern family torn apart by the secrets it struggles to keep.
Everybody knows everybody else's business in Downtown, Tennessee. Neighbors while away afternoons at the local bar, swapping rumors about voodoo, incest, and illegitimate children. Usually they're gossiping about the Botens.
In this epic saga, Lolita Files unveils the hidden lives of three generations of the Boten clan, a family as cursed by fate as they are blessed with hope. There's Grandma Amalie, who's willing to sacrifice everything for her son; there's Grace, who manages to conceal the identity of her child's father for more than twenty years; there's Aunt Sukie, whose strange power over her husband, Walter, is matched only by the strength of her dark magic; and, finally, there's Lay, whose secret betrayals will set the Boten clan in motion, sending its members on a quest for self-discovery that will lead them from one end of the world to the other.

Product Details

Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
September 04, 2002
4.98 X 0.8 X 8.1 inches | 0.79 pounds
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About the Author

Lolita Files is the author of Tastes Like Chicken, Child of God, Blind Ambitions, Getting to the Good Part, and Scenes from a Sistah. Currently developing projects for television and film, Files has a degree in broadcast journalism and lives outside of Los Angeles.


Susan Straight author of "I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen" and "Licked Out All the Pots" Lolita Files has created a rich, darkly fascinating world of love and betrayal, and I was compelled to finish the novel and learn the family's ultimate fate. Lolita steps into new territory with this one.
Mat Johnson author of "Drop" Intelligent, deft, gripping, "Child of God" is a page-turner that is as rewarding as it is entertaining, as fun as it is fulfilling. Lolita Files not only gives the readers what we want, but what we didn't even realize we needed. With "Child of God, " Lolita Files is at her best, showing us not only why she has become one of the most popular writers of our day, but why she'll be remembered long into tomorrow. "Child of God" is a bold and fully realized accomplishment, but even better, it's a damn good read.