The Friday Gospels by Jenn Ashworth

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Every bodily fluid imaginable makes a cameo at one point or another, and desire...but Ashworth appears less interested in spreading a simple, comforting message than in uncovering the messy complexities of people, families and faith.
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It's Friday in the Leeke household, but this is no ordinary Friday: the Leekes are Lancastrian Mormons and tonight they will be welcoming back their son Gary from his two-year mission in Utah. His mother, Pauline, wants his homecoming to be perfect. Unfortunately, no one else seems to be following the script. In turn, the members of the family let us into their private thoughts and plans. There's teenage Jeannie, wrestling with a disastrous secret; her peculiar elder brother, Julian, who's plotting an exit according to his own warped logic; their father, Martin, dreaming of escape; and 'golden boy' Gary, who dreads his return. Then there's Pauline, who needs a doctor's help but won't ask for it. As the day progresses, a meltdown looms. Except that nothing goes according to anyone's plan, and the outcome is as unexpected as it is shocking. Laced with black humour and giving an unusual insight into the Mormon way of life, this is a superbly orchestrated and arresting tale of human folly and foibles and what counts in times of crisis.
 

About Jenn Ashworth

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Jenn Ashworth was born in 1982. Her first novel, A Kind of Intimacy, was published in 2009 and won a Betty Trask Award. COLD LIGHT, her second novel was published in 2011 to critical acclaim and she was chosen by BBC TV's The Culture Show as one of the 12 Best New British Writers. Her third novel, THE FRIDAY GOSPELS, is published by Sceptre in 2013. She lives in Preston, Lancashire with her family and writes an award-winning blog at www.jennashworth.co.uk.
 
Published January 17, 2013 by Sceptre. 337 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jessica Holland on Jan 26 2013

Every bodily fluid imaginable makes a cameo at one point or another, and desire...but Ashworth appears less interested in spreading a simple, comforting message than in uncovering the messy complexities of people, families and faith.

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Reviewed by Stevie Davies on Jan 18 2013

But The Friday Gospels, written in a medley of five first-person voices, is warmly and sympathetically attuned to its characters' inner worlds.

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Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on Feb 18 2013

Funny, fascinating and affecting, The Friday Gospels is a tour-de-force. Ashworth handles serious themes with a light touch but supreme confidence, confirming her growing reputation as one of Britain’s best contemporary authors.

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