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Green Gospel Paperback – June 10, 2011
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Each of these seemingly disparate characters wants to believe in something bigger than him/herself, and all mostly do. "People worship in different ways," one observes, (though most of them out-quote the preacher when it comes to the Bible). Set after the post-9/11 anthrax scare, down in Florida, where felons come after they've run out of options up north, these are not folks who have made "bad choices"; they've sinned. Guilt is part of the load they carry, as they weigh independence against life in a community and--especially--in a relationship.
Though you may think you wouldn't befriend most of these folks in life, each will--at some time in this story--gain your sympathy, if not your approval. Fiore plays his reader's convictions and biases like a fiddle.
This is also a story about the choices we might make in an age of terrorism. If you think you have the answers to that peace-vs-violence question at the git-go, just keep reading. You may surprise even yourself.
There is so much here for a book club to chew on, I recommend devoting a whole season to feasting on it. It is one of the few novels I've ever re-read immediately after finishing it, in order to fully savor the skill in which the author prepared me for what was to come (now that I know the outcome).
We meet Edie when she arrives in Florida with a truckload of migrant workers, who steal all her money. When she can't pay for her ride, the coyote who ferried these illegals across the country tries to sexually assault this tiny waif of a girl. She is a victim and captures our sympathy.
Although she feeds dozens of stray cats and can hear trees weep when they are being cut, the story slowly reveals Edie is not the gentle person we first think. Edie was a tree-sitter in Oregon, spending over a week in the canopy to prevent loggers from felling the forest. She suffers excruciating injuries when she falls to the forest floor. Over long months, her boyfriend nurses her back to health with exquisite tenderness and devotion. She refers to him only as the Balinese rather than by name, thus reducing his humanity. Up to this point in the novel, we can still admire her. But Edie is guilty of a stunning act of betrayal, and is revealed not as a victim, but as a young woman capable of extreme violence. She illustrates the problem with all terrorists: innocent people are harmed by their actions.
As a runaway, Edie's life becomes entwined with the residents of the small town of Arcadia. A deputy and his wife still grieving over a lost daughter.Read more ›
She's rescued by Sheriff Whitney and Deputy Capron, the latter of whom insists they care for her, they not hold her on vagrancy charges, and Whitney allow him to take the young woman home to his wife for feedin' and nurturin'. After all, a few years back, the Caprons lost their only daughter and this little lassie's about the age that girl would've been....
So begins the swirl of improbable events and unlikely assortments of people in this novel about identity, intention, and betrayal. We learn the secrets of Edie, of the Caprons and the Sheriff, of the shifty, dishonest, unworthy pastor of Christ by the Sea church (whose eventual redemption is so very, very not Christian that I actually took a moment to cheer author Fiore, scaring my dog), and of Mae Carson, whose whole sad hardscrabble life is the throbbing open heart, the inflamed tooth of this deliberate and inevitable first novel.
Troubles there are, troubles there have been and certainly will be, very bad things done and "good" ones undone; but the passage that Fiore's characters go through has just enough joy, just enough chance to smile, just a hint of brighter and better days to come, to make it deeply satisfying to read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Edie dared to step beyond the acceptable; beyond the law; to the criminal. Still Fiore describes her so that we like her and we are drawn to hope for her success. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nellie Yancey
L.C. Fiore's novel "Green Gospel" is a well wrtten novel of choices made and solutions found. Edie Aberdeen, aka Edie Richards, is living in Florida hidding from the law. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by D. Martinez
L.C. Fiore's novel is first and foremost beautifully written. There is a quiet power to his prose that I found uniquely compelling. Read morePublished on March 26, 2012 by Gretchen Hummel
I have trouble rating this book. I read through almost every book, even if it leaves me somewhat cold. However, I came close to putting this one down. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by J Martin Jellinek
I picked up Green Gospel on the recommendation of a friend. 48 hours later - unable to put it down - I finished reading what I hope will be the first of many novels by L.C. Fiore. Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by Anonymous