Book: The Gospel According to Prissy by Barbara Caseycategories: Book, Fiction, Social Issues, Drug Use, Spousal Abuse, Unemployment, Military Veterals, College Dropouts, Teenage Crime, Contemporary Fiction
Barbara Caseyabout this book: In The Gospel According to Prissy, thirty-one-year-old Lara Kruger struggles to regain her confidence and independence after suffering a miscarriage caused by her abusive husband and losing her position as vice president of development at the local college when lack of funding forces it to close. When her best friend's teenage daughter, Beth, is accused of murdering a security guard at Schlage Lock Company, Lara does everything she can to prove her innocence. In trying to help Beth, Lara becomes friends with fifty-nine-year-old Miriam Temple, the controversial warden of a women's prison, and a little girl, Prissy, who lives at the prison and is the joy of everyone there. Prissy, the daughter of one of the prison inmates, possesses an unexplained gift – the gift of prophesy.
As Lara attempts to redefine her own life without the constant threat of her former husband, Jake, she invites three military veterans who are suffering from the lingering effects of the VietNam War, a black former star athlete who is a college dropout, and Beth to form a cleaning service. Just as their business is getting organized, Jake is arrested for physically abusing his new wife and once again becomes a dangerous threat to Lara. When little five-year-old Prissy's mother suddenly dies of aids, Lara is faced with making difficult choices that will change her life forever.
The Gospel According to Prissy is a contemporary novel that deals with several social issues and one precious little girl who knows the bible by heart and quotes freely from it according to what circumstances dictate, only with one slight difference: As a five year old, she hasn't quite grasped the concept of the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Therefore, her scripture is peppered liberally with Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, an occasional tooth fairy, and other make-believe characters she knows. With her unexplained gift, Prissy is able to sooth the most hardened criminal as well as bring love to those who have somehow gotten derailed in life.
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