Vestments by John Reimringer

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Let me begin today, illumined by Thy light, to destroy this part of the natural man which lives in me in its entirety, the obstacle that constantly keeps me from Thy Love. Taught this prayer as a boy by his grandfather, James Dressler recites it each time he’s tempted by earthly desires. Originally drawn to the priesthood by the mystery, purity, and sensual fabric of the Church, as well as by its promise of a safe harbor from his tempestuous home, James finds himself — just a few years after his ordination — attracted again to his first love, Betty García. Torn between these opposing desires, and haunted by his familial heritage, James finds himself at a crossroads. Exploring age-old and yet urgently contemporary issues in the Catholic Church, and infused throughout by a rich sense of the history and vibrant texture of St. Paul, this is an utterly honest and subtly lyrical novel.

About John Reimringer

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A graduate of the University of Arkansas MFA program, John Reimringer has published short fiction in Carolina Quarterly, Colorado Review, Louisiana Literature, and Gulf Stream. Vestments is his first novel, and it was written with the support of a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. A former journalist and newspaper editor, he teaches at Augsburg College, and lives with his wife, the poet Katrina Vandenberg, in Saint Paul.
Published July 1, 2010 by Milkweed Editions. 434 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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James joins a poker group run by fellow priests, and the internecine conflicts and accommodations within the clergy are artfully depicted, as are James's efforts to square his earthly cravings with his priestly station—he's basically a regular guy who loves sports and drinking, and yearns for f...

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Vestments was a Publishers Weekly pick for Best Book of 2010, as well as winner of a Minnesota Book Award in the Novel & Short Story category (with some stiff competition, I must add).

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During this one summer at home, the time of this story, he must face many demons, not the least of which is his volatile dad, plus a former girlfriend and his future with the Church and the realization that life can be patently unfair sometimes.

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Seattle PI

This raw yet quiet novel is a stellar debut from St. Paul author John Reimringer.

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ForeWord Reviews

Set in Saint Paul, Minnesota, this novel makes the reader feel as though one has lived in this city all one’s life, and it boasts a cast of characters as unique and fully formed as the setting.

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