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Serpent Box: A Novel by [Carrella, Vincent Louis]
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From Publishers Weekly

In his lyrical if somewhat scattered debut, Carrella paints a vivid picture of a family struggling to survive and retain their faith in Depression-era Tennessee. Though his wife, Rebecca, is days away from giving birth, Pentecostal preacher Charles Flint feels the call of God and embarks for Slaughter Mountain, the site of a legendary Pentecostal church. Charles is gone when Rebecca, caught in the woods during a thunderstorm, gives birth to Jacob inside an ancient tree. Born deformed, Jacob is a quiet, pensive child, but as he grows up, Charles becomes convinced that Jacob is imbued with the Holy Spirit. When Jacob turns 10 and survives a bite from one of the snakes Charles uses when preaching, Charles decides to return to Slaughter Mountain, where Jacob can help spread the word. But when the Flints' faith is shaken by a tragedy, Jacob must decide how to both carry on his father's dream and protect his family. Despite an abundance of gorgeously rendered scenes, the narrative begins to lose steam midway through the book. With an atmosphere richer than its heroes, this first effort intrigues but does not wholly satisfy. (Feb.)
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From Booklist

In this beautifully written debut novel, Carrella sweeps readers into the vividly rendered world of a family of Pentecostal preachers. Set in Leatherwood, Tennessee, during the Depression, the novel centers on young Jacob, believed to be an unusually gifted prophet possessed by the Holy Ghost. Born inside an enormous oak tree during a lightning storm, he is physically deformed and is harassed by the neighborhood children until he turns 10, when his father, a preacher of deep faith, recognizes his son’s gifts. He trains Jacob in handling snakes and drinking lye and believes they are meant to found a church. But when their inaugural ceremony takes a tragic turn, Jacob learns he is meant to follow a different path. At the center of the novel is a stunning series of set pieces that depicts, among other things, the hunting of a behemoth snake and the worshippers’ mystical communion with the natural world. Although the many twists and turns of his plot sometimes overshadow his charismatic characters, Carrella is a writer of great power who expresses his original vision with remarkable assurance. --Joanne Wilkinson

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  • File Size: 914 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)
  • Publication Date: March 17, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0014H32GW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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