Thursday, February 02, 2012

Top ten literary believers

Alex Preston's books include This Bleeding City and The Revelations.

One of his top ten fictional characters struggling with faith, as told to the Guardian:
Franny in Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger

Marcus and Abby Glass, two of the heroes of The Revelations, take their surname from Salinger's precocious family. Franny's breakdown in the second story perfectly captures the headrush of adolescent spirituality (and its resultant comedown). I have always been a little bit in love with her which is, I suppose, creepy, now I'm over 30 and she's still at college.
Read about another entry on the list.

Franny and Zooey also appears among Colette McIntyre's list of eight books every college-bound student should read.

--Marshal Zeringue