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Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet by Joanne Proulx
  

Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet

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The consequences of discovering he can predict other peoples deaths causes Luke Hunter to start re-evaluating his life as well as those around him. A quirky, smart and funny coming-of-age novel. Luke seems like a waster and a loser who has just been drifting along and suddenly this profound thing has happened to him, out of the blue, and dealing with the consequences of the effects on him, and all around makes, for a highly amusing and sometimes slightly dark novel. Totally enjoyable.

If you like Joanne Proulx you might also like to read books by Ronan O'Brien, Glen Duncan and Catherine O'Flynn.

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Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet by Joanne Proulx

Luke Hunter thinks he’s joking when he tells a good friend exactly when – 8:37 the following morning – and how – hit by a red van from out of town – that friend will die. But when events unfold as Luke foretold, he wants none of it: he has enough problems being an average teenager without the added burden of seeing into the future – not to mention the ever-after. Terrified, but pretending not to be, Luke pushes his friends and family away, while the local news crew, a Christian fundamentalist preacher and a missing girl’s frantic mother all draw nearer, seeking to profit from Luke’s new-found ‘gift’.

Written in clear, precise prose, Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet is a darkly comic coming-of-age novel with a difference. Hormonal and humorous, exhilarating and wise, it is a book about fear and truth, life and death, and the music that plays inside us all.

Written in clear, precise prose, Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet is a darkly comic coming-of-age novel about death and life.

Reviews

'If great literature is your religion, read the gospel according to Luke Hunter. This debut novel is walk-on-water magical, a true revelation' Neil Smith, author of Bang Crunch

‘Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet is the rarest of things: a well-written, funny, and entertaining first novel’ Ray Robertson, author of Moody Food and Gently Down the Stream

‘Joanne Proulx is a rare talent and Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet is perfectly drawn, with great voice, humour, complexity and an unforgettable setting’ Lauren B. Davis, author of The Radiant City and The Stubborn Season

About the Author

Joanne Proulx has had short stories published in literary magazines in America and Canada. Her first nove, Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet, was published by Picador. She lives in Ontario.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th April 2008

Author

Joanne Proulx

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Publisher

Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback

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ISBN

9780330452960

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