One morning in the late summer of 1930 the proprietor and several guests at the Union Hotel at Crestcrego, Texas, were annoyed to discover Biblical texts freshly written across the blotter on the public writing-desk.
George Marvin Brush is a travelling textbook salesman and fervent religious convert, determined to lead the godless to a better life. With sad and sometimes hilarious consequences, his travels take him through smoking cars, bawdy houses, banks and campgrounds from Texas to Illinois and into the soul of 1930s America.
Head of Zeus, an Apollo Library book * Fiction
08 Sep 2016 * 240pp * £10 * 9781784970833
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'Children of faith, poets and saints, dot the cruel world, and give Wilder's novels a reticular tension, the suspense of a hidden design about to emerge'
A tale that's often hilarious, sometimes sad and one that's a fantastic read... A wonderful story that allows the reader to see the wider picture while Brush constrains himself to his moral viewpoint'
A revival of interest is surely overdue for Heaven's My Destination... Wilder's good-natured narrative makes reading this a pleasure'
Thornton Niven Wilder (1897–1975) was an American playwright and novelist. He won three Pulitzer Prizes - for the novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey and for the two plays, Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth - and the National Book Award for the novel, The Eighth Day.