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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris, Corp. (May 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450073344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450073349
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,586,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Three days have passed since everything at the College of St. Bernadette took a nosedive. (Ooh, bad choice of words.) Those left behind are struggling to make sense of the strange events of that night in their own ways. As they prepare for the funeral of the strangest victim of all, it suddenly becomes clear that something has been lost...and found.

About the Author

DALE McGOWAN is the author of Calling Bernadette's Bluff ("An undoubted triumph of satire...easily a match for David Lodge and Jane Smiley in wit and depth"-- Curled Up With A Good Book), and editor and co-author of Raising Freethinkers and Parenting Beyond Belief ("A compelling read"-- Newsweek). In 2008 he was named Harvard Humanist of the Year. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Becca and their three kids.

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Author, editor, and Harvard Humanist of the Year Dale McGowan is the founding executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief, a non-profit putting compassionate humanism to work for a better world. His books PARENTING BEYOND BELIEF and RAISING FREETHINKERS are the first comprehensive resources for nontheistic parents.

In ATHEISM FOR DUMMIES and VOICES OF UNBELIEF, he explores the history and texture of religious disbelief, while IN FAITH AND IN DOUBT offers the first comprehensive look into relationships between religious believers and nonbelievers.

Dale lives with his wife and children near Atlanta, GA.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hengenius on June 26, 2011
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The last time I read about Jack Kassel, he was a closeted atheist philosopher at St. Bernadette's, a pomo Catholic college on the plains of Minnesota - and I was a high school student. Jack's life began a spiral into absurdity after he agreed to sponsor a student humanist group and discovered a secret about the school's charismatic new priest. The intervening years (and my entry into academia) have only increased my appreciation for McGowan's first novel.

Published almost a decade after Calling Bernadette's Bluff, Good Thunder picks up only three days after the climactic events ending the previous book. Cautioned by Good Thunder's preface, I dutifully reread the first novel. It cannot be over-emphasized: This sequel assumes familiarity with the characters and events of CBB. Conversely, CBB stands alone. Read it first. If you like it, you will probably enjoy Good Thunder. Without it, you'll be lost after a few pages.

Without ruining the previous book (the Amazon synopsis already has enough spoilers), let me say that Good Thunder takes Jack - and readers - further down the rabbit hole. At St. Bernadette's, Jack had to deal with a host of unusual characters: His professional life was plagued by indecisive university administration, suspicious nuns, and cynical fellow faculty. His burgeoning humanist club was threatened with hostile takeover by the campus Satanists. At home, tension mounted regarding his son's religious education. If CBB was a fun pro-secular farce, Good Thunder cranks the absurd-o-meter to eleven.
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