The Sellout – Paul Beatty (Picador, 2015)
Reflections on the Psalms – C.S. Lewis (A Harvest Book, 1958)
A vocation is a terrible thing. To be called out of nature into the supernatural life is at first (or perhaps not quite at first – the wrench of the parting may be felt later) a costly honour. Even to be called from one natural level to another is loss as well as gain. Man has difficulties and sorrows which the other primates escape.
I Carried You Home – Alan Gibney (Patrick Crean Editions, 2016)
Beauty Plus Pity – Kevin Chong (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011)
The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey (Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books, 2012)
In the light of day, her dreams were drained of their nightmarish quality, and they seemed whimsical and strange, but the taste of loss remained in her mouth.
When She Was Electric – Andrea MacPherson (Polestar, 2003)
Perfect Little World – Kevin Wilson (Harper Collins, 2017)
Let one person tell her she couldn’t have it and she would claw them into submission. Let one more person tell her what she could and could not have, and she would smile, nod, and, without apology, do whatever the hell she wanted.
Such is My Beloved – Morley Callaghan (McClelland & Stewart, 1994)
Even a dream of social betterment usually is a bitter disappointment. We’ve got to accept the disappointment and go on. All of us must be terribly disappointing to God. By any standard of justice God might have abandoned us all long ago and left us to shift for ourselves as those girls are shifting now wherever they are, whatever they are doing.
Fates & Furies – Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books, 2015)
Simply Christian – N.T. Wright
Birdie – Tracey Lindberg