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The Second Coming

Item Number: 61532

Catalog Code: 9780312243241

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A touching and thought-provoking novel from one of the greatest Catholic novelists of the 20th century.

Will Barrett (also the hero of Percy'sThe Last Gentleman) is a lonely widower suffering from a depression so severe that he decides he doesn't want to continue living. But then he meets Allison, a mental hospital escapee making a new life for herself in a greenhouse. The Second Coming is by turns touching and zany, tragic and comic, as Will sets out in search of God's existence and winds up finding much more.

About the author: Walker Percy wrote several books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestsellers The Moviegoer and The Thanatos Syndrome. He was awarded numerous prizes during his lifetime, including the National Book Award, and is considered one of the greatest American writers of our time. He died in 1990.


"Splendid...a beautifully textured novel...a distinguished work of art.... Walker Percy's perception luminously lights up obscure depths of experience without at the same time explaining that experience away."--The New York Times Book Review

"What a pleasure . . . His best book since The Moviegoer . . . and among the most admirable American novels of the past few years."--The New Republic

"He is a beguiling, uniquely gifted novelist who deserves to be read in order and in full."--Newsweek


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