Testing the Faith: The New Catholic Fiction in America

Synopsis

Since 1965 there has been an explosion of fiction about being Catholic. This book, the first to consider post-Vatican II Catholic literature, provides an overview of fiction about the American Catholic experience. It considers emerging novelists such as Mary Gordon and Valerie Sayers, established writers like Paul Theroux, popular writers such as Andrew Greeley and William X. Keinzle, and the emergence of new, young writers such as Jeanne Schinto, Sheila O'Connor, and Philip Deaver. By analyzing patterns in their fiction, Gandolfo shows both the shared interest these writers have in the Catholic experience and their individual perspectives on that experience.