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Wheat That Springeth Green

(1988)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Wheat That Springeth Green, J. F. Powers's beautifully realized final work, is a comic foray into the commercialized wilderness of modern American life. Its hero, Joe Hackett, is a high school track star who sets out to be a saint. But seminary life and priestly apprenticeship soon damp his ardor, and by the time he has been given a parish of his own he has traded in his hair shirt for the consolations of baseball and beer. Meanwhile Joe's higher-ups are pressing for an increase in profits from the collection plate, suburban Inglenook's biggest business wants to launch its new line of missiles with a blessing, and not all that far away, in Vietnam, a war is going on. Joe wants to duck and cover, but in the end, almost in spite of himself, he is condemned to do something right.

J. F. Powers was a virtuoso of the American language with a perfect ear for the telling cliché and an unfailing eye for the kitsch that clutters up our lives. This funny and very moving novel about the making and remaking of a priest is one of his finest achievements.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"One of the funniest, most socially exact, most heart rending and most thoroughly enjoyable writers alive." - Jonathan Raban


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Hardback Editions

October 1988 : UK Hardback

Title: Wheat That Springeth Green
Author(s): J F Powers
ISBN: 0-7011-3336-8 / 978-0-7011-3336-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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August 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wheat That Springeth Green
Author(s): J F Powers
ISBN: 0-394-49609-4 / 978-0-394-49609-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

May 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Wheat that Springeth Green (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): J F Powers
ISBN: 0-940322-24-2 / 978-0-940322-24-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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January 1990 : USA Paperback
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Title: Wheat That Springeth Green
Author(s): J F Powers
ISBN: 0-671-68221-0 / 978-0-671-68221-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Washington Square Pr
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Wheat That Springeth Green (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): J F Powers
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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