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.
Monica West was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and currently resides in Oakland, California. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2017 where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. She has attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Napa Valley Writers' Conference; she was also a 2014 Southern Methodist University Kimbilio Fellow.
Joniece Abbott-Pratt has narrated many audiobooks for children, young adults, and adults. She has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2021 was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Fantasy Narration. She earned an MFA degree in acting from the University of Iowa and has performed on regional theater stages across the country, including the Public Theater in New York City. She has also appeared on television shows, including The Good Fight, Law and Order: SVU, Luke Cage, and Orange Is the New Black, and has voiced commercials and projects for US Bank, Johnson & Johnson, and others.