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Radiant Truths: Essential Dispatches, Reports, Confessions, and Other Essays on American Belief Hardcover – April 29, 2014
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Like much of Jeff Sharlet’s work, religion and belief buzz as an undercurrent through the anthology, but, also true to Sharlet, the bedrock comes from the story-telling revealed by the best of literary journalism. As the editor, he’s curated a collection that represents American authors in full immersion, thick in the search for understanding and comprehension, even if they know “the impossibility of perfect representation of reality, visible and otherwise.” The book is a celebration of the messy wrestling with truth and experience. Who steps into the “swamp of belief” and why?
The book is also a radiant object itself, golden and bound with stitches, a pleasure to hold. And VIDA (Women in the Literary Arts) would heartily approve, with Radiant Truth’s roster full of fabulous writers, many of whom just happen to be women. Whether you follow the commandment that you simply “know there is a God” or “believe that all this God stuff [is] a lot of bushwa,” Radiant Truths will resonate. Highly recommended.
For all these reasons, I can't wait to use this anthology for my literary nonfiction course.
Also, I'm thrilled I won't have to apologize to my students for assigning yet another volume of primarily white male authors. It's great to see a literary anthology that's not labeled especially for women, but majority features their writing.
This book has a wonderful range of style and tone, and I can't recommend it enough.