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Modern Baptists

(1983)
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Universally and repeatedly praised ever since it first appeared in 1983, Modern Baptists is the book that launched novelist James Wilcox's career and debuted the endearingly daft community of Tula Springs, Louisiana. It's the tale of Bobby Pickens, assistant manager of Sonny Boy Bargain Store, who gains a new lease on life, though he almost comes to regret it. Bobby's handsome half brother F.X.--ex-con, ex-actor, and ex-husband three times over--moves in, and things go awry all over town. Mistaken identities; entangled romances with Burma, Toinette, and Donna Lee; assault and battery; charges of degeneracy; a nervous breakdown--it all comes to a head at a Christmas Eve party in a cabin on a poisoned swamp. This is sly, madcap romp that offers readers the gift of abundant laughter.

Modern Baptists was included in Harold Bloom's The Western Canon, in GQ magazine's forty-fifth anniversary issue as one of the best works of fiction in the past forty-five years, and among Toni Morrison's "favorite works by unsung writers" in U.S. News and World Report.


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Hardback Editions

December 1994 : USA Hardback
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Title: Modern Baptists
Author(s): James Wilcox
ISBN: 1-56849-521-8 / 978-1-56849-521-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Buccaneer Books Inc
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January 1984 : UK Hardback
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Title: Modern Baptists (An Alison Press book)
Author(s): James Wilcox
ISBN: 0-436-57098-X / 978-0-436-57098-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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July 1983 : USA Hardback
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Title: Modern Baptists
Author(s): James Wilcox
ISBN: 0-385-27868-3 / 978-0-385-27868-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bookthrift Co
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Paperback Editions

May 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Modern Baptists
Author(s): James Wilcox
ISBN: 0-8071-3166-0 / 978-0-8071-3166-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: LSU Press
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March 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Modern Baptists (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): James Wilcox
ISBN: 0-14-118797-2 / 978-0-14-118797-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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October 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Modern Baptists
Author(s): James Wilcox
ISBN: 0-316-94045-3 / 978-0-316-94045-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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November 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Modern Baptists
Author(s): James Wilcox
ISBN: 1-85702-425-7 / 978-1-85702-425-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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May 1990 : USA Paperback
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Title: Modern Baptists
Author(s): James Wilcox
ISBN: 0-06-091985-X / 978-0-06-091985-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperPerennial
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April 1985 : UK Paperback

Title: Modern Baptists (King Penguin)
Author(s): James Wilcox
ISBN: 0-14-007332-9 / 978-0-14-007332-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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June 1984 : UK Paperback

Title: Modern Baptists
Author(s): James Wilcox
ISBN: 0-14-007113-X / 978-0-14-007113-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

May 2006 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Modern Baptists: A Novel (Voices of the South)
Author(s): James Wilcox
Publisher: LSU Press
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