Longing for an Absent God: Faith and Doubt in Great American Fiction

Nick Ripatrazone (Author)


Longing for an Absent God unveils the powerful role of faith and doubt in the American literary tradition. Nick Ripatrazone explores how two major strands of Catholic writers--practicing and cultural--intertwine and sustain each other.Ripatrazone explores the writings of devout American Catholic writers in the years before the Second Vatican Council through the work of Flannery O'Connor, Andre Dubus, and Walker Percy; those who were raised Catholic but drifted from the church, such as the Catholic-educated Don DeLillo and Cormac McCarthy, the convert Toni Morrison, the Mass-going Thomas Pynchon, and the ritual-driven Louise Erdrich; and a new crop of faithful American Catholic writers, including Ron Hansen, Phil Klay, and Alice McDermott, who write Catholic stories for our contemporary world. These critically acclaimed and award-winning voices illustrate that Catholic storytelling is innately powerful and appealing to both secular and religious audiences.Longing for an Absent God demon

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$27.99  $25.75
Fortress Press
Publish Date
March 03, 2020
6.3 X 1.0 X 9.1 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

Nick Ripatrazone's newest books are EMBER DAYS (Braddock Avenue Books, 2015) and Good People, a collection of short stories (Foxhead Books 2014). He is also the author of two novellas, THIS DARKSOME BURN (firthFORTH, 2013) and We Will Listen For You (CCM Press). His other books include The Fine Delight: Postconciliar Catholic Literature (Cascade Books) and two books of poetry, Oblations and This Is Not About Birds (Gold Wake Press). His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, and has been featured at NPR.