Saturday, March 9, 2013

Snakewoman of Little Egypt, by Robert Hellenga

When Willa Fern is released from prison, she rechristens herself Sunny to symbolize the new person she is going to become.  Willa Fern was the young, uneducated bride of Earl, the preacher in a snake-handling church in rural Illinois, and very much under his thumb in spite of her tendency to run around.  Sunny is going to college, learning French, and becoming a scientist.  She moves in with Jackson Jones, friend of her Uncle Warren, and an anthropology professor at the College, and they have a companionable relationship.  That is, until Jackson 1) falls in love and 2) begins taking an academic interest in Earl and the Church of the Burning Bush with Signs Following. 

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