Friday, April 17, 2020

Seven darkly fascinating books about cults

Joanna Hershon is the author of five novels: St. Ivo, Swimming, The Outside of August, The German Bride and A Dual Inheritance.

[See: The Page 69 Test: St. Ivo.]

Her writing has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, One Story, Virginia Quarterly Review, and two literary anthologies, Brooklyn Was Mine and Freud’s Blind Spot.

At Electric Lit, Hershon tagged seven darkly fascinating books about charismatic sects, including:
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

This compassionate and razor-sharp novel seamlessly merges the 1980’s AIDS crisis with a 2015 mother in search of her daughter who’s been lost to a cult. As these separate stories unfold, populated by an admirably large cast of soulful and often funny characters, they merge into one deep investigation of humanity and simultaneously create indelible love letters to both Chicago and Paris.
Read about another entry on the list.

My Book, The Movie: The Great Believers.

--Marshal Zeringue