Sunday, February 5, 2012

Trainwreck of Robert Hellenga

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Title: Snakewoman of Little Egypt
Author: Robert Hellenga
Genre: Fiction
Sub-genre: Domestic/Relationship Fiction
Pages: 370
Published: 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 978-1-60819-3226
Reader's Annotation: A damaged women meets a wounded professor to discover their relationship.
Summary: This book is the story of Willa Fern "Sunny" Conchrane and Jackson Jones. Sunny is a women from a snake-handling church in the Little Egypt, who, at the beginning of the book is in prison for shooting her husband after he made her stick her hand into a box of poisonous snakes. She is being released from prison as her sentence is up, under the supervision of Jackson Jones, an anthropologist. He was a friend of Sunny's uncle Warren , who was also Jackson's estate caretaker. The book follow these two through their relationship. Sunny becomes a student at a fictitious university and through the book, Sunny and Jackson grow in their relationship and then unravel as Jackson begins to study Sunny's former church in Little Egypt.
My Evaluation: This book, for me, was like a car wreck. It's horrible, horrendous, and messy, but you just can't look away. The book was horribly written to the extent it made it really hard to follow in some places. Hellenga wrote the book in that the chapter(or chapters) switched back and forth between Sunny and Jackson. There were also several plot holes and the story line run like a jagged line that seemed unending. I should have known better in that I've read Sixteen Pleasures (Hellenga's probably more famous book) and couldn't even finish it, it was written so poorly (in my mind). I would never recommend this book to anybody.
Rating:1 out of 5