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A Handbook of American Prayer

(2000)
A novel by

 
 
A man walks into a bar. A dispute ensues, and the bartender kills him. He's sentenced to ten years for manslaughter. In prison, the convict, Wardlin Stuart, writes prayers addressed to no god in particular. Inexplicably, his prayers - whether it's a request for a girlfriend or a special favor for a fellow inmate - are answered, be it in days or weeks. When his collection of supplications, A Handbook of American Prayer, is published by a New York press, Stuart emerges a celebrity author. Settling into a new life in Arizona, he encounters a fundamentalist minister. The two are destined for a confrontation. In the interim, it seems that the god to whom Stuart has been praying has manifested himself on the earth. In this short novel about America's conflicting love triangle - celebrity, spirituality, and money - Shepard negotiates the thin line between the real and the surreal, expounding upon violence and redemption along the way. this story of an unlikely American messiah shows why The Wall Street Journal has compared Shepard, an award-winning author, to Graham Greene, Robert Stone, and Ward Just.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

September 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Handbook of American Prayer: A Novel
Author(s): Lucius Shepard
ISBN: 1-56858-281-1 / 978-1-56858-281-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
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July 2000 : USA Hardback

Title: Handbook of American Prayer
Author(s): Lucius Shepard
ISBN: 0-929480-77-5 / 978-0-929480-77-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mark V Ziesing
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Paperback Editions

2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Handbook of American Prayer
Author(s): Lucius Shepard, Russell Banks
ISBN: 0-9817824-8-5 / 978-0-9817824-8-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Concord Press
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December 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Handbook of American Prayer: A Novel
Author(s): Lucius Shepard
ISBN: 1-56025-793-8 / 978-1-56025-793-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
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Kindle Editions

April 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Handbook of American Prayer
Author(s): Lucius Shepard
Publisher: Gateway
Availability: Amazon UK