By David Bergen
An astonishing debut novel of love, lust and salvation in a fading prairie town.
When Johnny thinks about Loraine and her touch, it’s as if the Holy Spirit is tickling his spine. But Johnny is more than tickled when he finds out Loraine is pregnant with his child. An almost-saved Christian, a not-quite-sober alcoholic and part-time lover of Loraine, Johnny is not sure where his wife Charlene fits into this complex love triangle of women, men, desires and truth.
A feed-supply salesman whose history extends only as far as he can remember, Johnny longs for a spiritual salvation, but finds beauty and truth in the soft, warm flesh of the women he loves.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carol Shields described David Bergen’s writing as having “the randomness of authenticity… alert and fresh… complex and whole.” Like Bonnie Burnard or Alice Munro, Bergen is a writer of effortless maturity, able to weave together the boundless themes of birth and death, fertility and sterility and the perennial cycle of the seasons.