The Gospel of Anarchy
By Justin Taylor
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061881824, 240pp.)
Publication Date: February 2011
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In landlocked Gainesville, Florida, in the hot, fraught summer of 1999, a college dropout named David sleepwalks through his life--a dull haze of office work and Internet porn--until a run-in with a lost friend jolts him from his torpor. He is drawn into the vibrant but grimy world of Fishgut, a rundown house where a loose collective of anarchists, burnouts, and libertines practice utopia outside society and the law. Some even see their lifestyle as a spiritual calling. They watch for the return of a mysterious hobo who will--they hope--transform their punk oasis into the Bethlehem of a zealous, strange new creed.
In his dark and mesmerizing debut novel, Justin Taylor ("a master of the modern snapshot"--Los Angeles Times) explores the borders between religion and politics, faith and fanaticism, desire and need--and what happens when those borders are breached.