A Novel

eBook - 2020
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Drought has settled on the town of Peaches, California. The area of the Central Valley where fourteen-year-old Lacey May and her alcoholic mother live was once an agricultural paradise. Now it's an environmental disaster, a place of cracked earth and barren raisin farms. In their desperation, residents have turned to a cult leader named Pastor Vern for guidance. He promises, through secret "assignments," to bring the rain everybody is praying for. Lacey has no reason to doubt the pastor. But then her life explodes in a single unimaginable act of abandonment: her mother, exiled from the community for her sins, leaves Lacey and runs off with a man she barely knows. Abandoned and distraught, Lacey May moves in with her widowed grandma, Cherry, who is more concerned with her taxidermy mouse collection than her own granddaughter. As Lacey May endures the increasingly appalling acts of men who want to write all the rules and begins to uncover the full extent of Pastor Vern's shocking plan to bring fertility back to the land, she decides she must go on a quest to find her mother no matter what it takes. With her only guidance coming from the romance novels she reads and the unlikely companionship of the women who knew her mother, she must find her own way through unthinkable circumstances. Possessed of an unstoppable plot and a brilliantly soulful voice, Godshot is a book of grit and humor and heart, a debut novel about female friendship and resilience, mother-loss and motherhood, and seeking salvation in unexpected places. It introduces a writer who gives Flannery O'Connor's Gothic parables a Californian twist and who emerges with a miracle that is all her own.
Publisher: [United States] : Catapult, 2020.
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Jun 01, 2020

So, get this, my neighbor was in a birthing class with the author, which is how I heard about the book. It's an assured, intense, and deeply unsettling novel about a damaged teenager growing up hard in sh**town, California. Drugs, alcoholism, religious cults, teen pregnancy, and general malevolence abound, but the control and the focus of the writing keeps it from being overwhelming. A very impressive, very dark first novel.

Apr 26, 2020

Oh, my gosh, this is one of the books in the memes that show what your face looks like when you discover the meaning of the title. I hesitate to say too much about this book about a cult religious leader who has a following in a California farming town that used to be known for its raisins. Since the drought, though, everything, even the people have dried up. They were ripe for some charismatic faith healer who has rewritten himself into the Bible, but where he leds them is shocking and I think other readers will be as surprised as I am that a phone sex business owner turns out to have the most morals and care the most for a young pregnant girl.

CALS_Shelby Apr 20, 2020

I'm being really careful with what I read during quarantine, and a book about cults seemed like a dumb thing to pick up. But the pull of it -- the cover, the blurbs, the witches & divine feminine power & that California sun -- sang to me, and so I picked it up. And it homed me. My "motherloss" is so different from Lacey May's, and yet, it's the same. The down deep of it hurts her the way it hurts me, and it feels so good to find myself reflected in someone else's pages. And on top of that this is a story about faith, the loss of it, and how that loss leads to discovery & wisdom & growth & eventually a new faith that helps you bear up beneath the weight of your past. That helps you find the good in it but also how it has harmed. What a good book.

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