Minor Prophets (Hardcover)

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Laura's September 2019 pick, 2 of 3

There's something about opening a Jimmy Cajoleas book that feels not like coming home, exactly, but more like propping your feet up on the coffee table at the end of a long day. It's okay, you think, you can relax now. Here in this little piece of twisted southern fantasy, you can hang your hat and breathe just a little bit easier. You never have to worry about being made to feel Less Than, because this is a Jimmy Cajoleas book, where the "other" is the hero.

Minor Prophets follows Lee and his sister Murphy as they flee their step father after their mother's untimely and somewhat suspect death. They wind up staying with their estranged grandmother on The Farm, where Lee and his visions of the future are welcomed with open arms. As Lee and his grandmother work on honing his clairvoyant abilities, Murphy finds herself growing more and more concerned for her brother's safety, not to mention his sanity.
With prose so vivid it comes to life on the page, Jimmy Cajoleas's latest novel asks (but does not always answer) some profound questions about family, faith, and fate. I can't wait to see what he comes out with next.

— From Laura

About the Author

Jimmy Cajoleas grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. He spent years traveling the country and playing music before earning his MFA from the University of Mississippi. His debut YA novel, The Good Demon, received three starred reviews, from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus, who called it “eerie and compelling.” He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For…

"Cajoleas' atmospheric, often bloody, tale, steeped in mysticism and the occult, raises questions of fate, belonging, acceptance, and spirituality, and Lee's narrative will resonate with anyone who has ever felt left out . . . Harrowing and hypnotic."

— Kirkus Reviews

"Cajoleas’s novel creates a realistically haunting environment and generates eerie philosophical questions and remarkably complex main characters."

— School Library Journal

"The narrative is steeped in unsettling mystery and surreal mysticism as truth bleeds into a fever dream indecipherable from reality. This is a fascinating, well-written examination of family bonds and religious fervor stretched just to the point of snapping."

— Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419739040
ISBN-10: 1419739042
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: September 10th, 2019
Pages: 352