Salvation City

In this searing and sensitive novel, the author of A Feather on the Breath of God imagines a flu pandemic that decimates the American population, leaving a 13-year-old boy of atheist parents in the  hands of kindly fundamentalist Christians. Rapture-ready pastor and sceptical teenager, faith and reason, ideological surety and human uncertainty engage one another with uncommon dignity in Sigrid Nunez's generous imagining.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.