American Savior by Roland Merullo
A Novel of Divine Politics

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What if Jesus suddenly appeared and announced that he planned to run for President of the United States? Yes, that Jesus. And what if a well-meaning but utterly inexperienced band of disciples not only helped him mount a seat-of-the-pants campaign but also ran it well, getting millions of people to support him and in the process throwing the other two major party candidates—as well as the world's news media—into a frenzy as they scramble to discredit him?

Roland Merullo's bitingly clever satirical novel about the state of American politics follows one man's campaign to bring back goodness and kindness (real goodness and kindness this time) in a country that has fallen into a divisive state of fear and hatred. Merullo takes us into the heart of "a nation in grave spiritual danger" as the Son of man sets out to make everyone realize that "politics as usual" is no longer an acceptable alternative.

American Savior is a remarkably innovative novel that challenges our perceptions and beliefs while it wags a finger at the folly of our self-righteousness. It is sure to cause controversy among those for whom politics itself has become a kind of religion.

About Roland Merullo

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Roland Merullo, is the critically acclaimed author of seven books, including the Revere Beach Trilogy, three novels about growing up in a tight-knit community outside Boston, and Golfing with God, a novel about a man's unexpected spiritual journey. He lives with his wife and two daughters in eastern Massachusetts.
Published August 26, 2008 by Algonquin Books. 321 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Why pick us, the insecure Russ wonders, but Zelda gets it: “we’re all worthy.” Merullo grounds his story superbly, understanding that the more we believe in his human characters, the more we’ll believe in Jesus, who has his own American background: Caucasian father (deceased), Navajo mother (a qu...

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Entertainment Weekly

Not the pale-skinned Jesus of Western art, but a suave, swarthy, part-Navajo mystery man preaching ''kindness and goodness.'' Narrator Russ Thomas — a ''locally famous beat reporter with nice hair and aspirations for an anchor spot in a top-ten market'' — has his doubts (and sometimes worries...

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USA Today

In American Savior,Roland Merullo presents this intriguing scenario: What if Jesus returned to Earth and ran for president?In this contemporary Second Coming, Jesus is a half-Navaho spiritual seeker who runs as the Divinity Party's candidate.Merullo gently satirizes the media and politics in this...

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Tampa Bay Times

American Savior By Roland Merullo Algonquin Books, 320 pages, $24.95 Review: Jesus hits the campaign trail in Merullo's 'American Savior' 10/11/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3:11pm]

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Gather Books

Merullo's Jesus is not the Jesus of fundamental Christianity - this Jesus is similar in some ways and radically different in others.

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Story: The Story: Narrated by TV-reporter-turned-campaign-worker Russ Thomas, American Savior envisions a campaign season enlivened by some serious divine intervention.

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