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The Rapture of Canaan 1

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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

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vlane February 25th, 2007 08:33 AM PST

The Rapture of Canaan was an Oprah's book club choice. It's a wonderful story from the point of view of a young girl born into a seriously strange fundamentalist Christian sect, with a patriarch who decrees punishments such as sleeping in an open grave. Reynolds does an excellent job of making even the most bizarre of her characters sympathetic to some extent. And the young girl's struggle to reconcile her faith with her growing passion for her 'prayer partner' is riveting.

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