The Messiah of Morris Avenue: A Novel

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Macmillan, Apr 4, 2006 - Fiction - 245 pages
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From the bestselling author of Father Joe, a slyly comic, deeply spiritual novel that imagines the Second Coming--and an unlikely, lovably human new savior

Tony Hendra's Father Joe became a new classic of faith and spirituality--even for those not usually inclined. Now Hendra is back with a novel set in a very reverent future where church and state walk hand in hand. Fade-in as Johnny Greco--a fallen journalist who nurses a few grudges along with his cocktails--stumbles onto the story of a young man named Jay who's driving around New Jersey preaching radical notions (kindness, generosity) and tossing off miracles. How better, Johnny schemes, to stick it to the Reverend Sabbath, America's #1 Holy Warrior, than to write a headline-making story announcing Jay as the Second Coming? Then something strange happens. Died-in-the-wool skeptic Johnny actually finds his own life being transformed by the new messiah.

Alternately hilarious and genuinely moving, The Messiah of Morris Avenue brings to life a savior who reminds the world of what Jesus actually taught and wittily skewers all sorts of sanctimoniousness on both sides of the political spectrum. Writing with heart, a sharp eye, and a passionate frustration with those who feel they hold a monopoly on God, Tony Hendra has created a delightful entertainment that reminds us of the unfailing power of genuine faith.

 

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This novel is set in the near future in which the United States has become a theocracy under right-wing evangelistic Christians. I think Hendra really overstates this part making the obvious parallels ... Read full review

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In Hendra's debut novel (see his hit memoir,Father Joe ), the Christian Far Right totally controls the U.S. government. The most powerful man in the country, then, is not the president but his ... Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
1
ONE
5
TWO
12
THREE
24
FOUR
33
FIVE
39
SIX
46
SEVEN
52
EIGHTEEN
148
NINETEEN
153
TWENTY
159
TWENTYONE
164
TWENTYTWO
178
TWENTYTHREE
181
TWENTYFOUR
187
TWENTYFIVE
197

EIGHT
57
NINE
65
TEN
74
ELEVEN
80
TWELVE
103
THIRTEEN
114
FOURTEEN
118
FIFTEEN
123
SIXTEEN
138
SEVENTEEN
143
TWENTYSIX
200
TWENTYSEVEN
213
TWENTYEIGHT
222
TWENTYNINE
228
THIRTY
233
EPILOGUE
240
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
247
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
248
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About the author (2006)

Tony Hendra attended Cambridge University, where he performed frequently with friends and future Monty Pythons John Cleese and Graham Chapman. He was editor in chief of Spy, an original editor of National Lampoon, and he played Ian Faith in This Is Spinal Tap. He has written frequently for New York, Harper’s, GQ, Vanity Fair, Men’s Journal, and Esquire. Father Joe, was a New York Times Bestseller. He lives in New York.

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