Connie Foster, a mother of three young children, learns that her husband's attempt to maintain their lifestyle has led them to financial ruin. Her sister, Hannah Crowe, a writer, desperately wants to have a child but the man she loves is determined not to. Zeus Ortega, their much younger adopted brother, who left the family home when he was only fifteen, is living in Chicago with his boyfriend and working as a therapeutic clown in a children's hospital. Prompted by a heartbreaking loss, he quits his job and decides to search for his birth parents in New Mexico. Together, the three siblings head south and, on the way, they visit a mega church in Wichita, Kansas, where their mother, Rose, once had a powerful faith experience, and where they are confronted by the politics of the evangelical right. What unfolds is a captivating story about three people bound by family ties and caught between loyalty and desire, searching for wholeness and finding something more real in its place.
CHRISTINE POUNTNEY grew up in Vancouver and Montreal, and lived in London for five years before moving back to Canada. She has two previous novels, Last Chance Texaco (longlisted for the Orange Prize in 2000), and The Best Way You Know How. She has written for The Guardian, the New York Times Magazine, the Walrus, Brick Magazine, and Nuvo. She lives in Toronto with her partner, Michael Winter, and their son, Leo.
Praise for Sweet Jesus
• "I loved Sweet Jesus. . . . A book of sublime, understated potency . . ." -- Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting
• "Like singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah,' Sweet Jesus becomes a cry of ecstasy." -- Toronto Star
• "Stunning . . . Sweet Jesus is more than a beautifully written book - it is a guide to being human in an ungodly world. Her characters are unforgettable." -- Miriam Toews
• "It's everything I look for in a novel," -- Barbara Gowdy
• "Pountney's pen is a rival to the painter's vivid brush..."-- Globe and Mail