The Power and the Glory
Publication Date: February 2003
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In a poor, remote section of Southern Mexico, the paramilitary group, the Red Shirts have taken control. God has been outlawed, and the priests have been systematically hunted down and killed. Now, the last priest is on the run. Too human for heroism, too humble for martyrdom, the nameless little worldly whiskey priest is nevertheless impelled toward his squalid Calvary as much by his own compassion for humanity as by the efforts of his pursuers.
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John Updike's novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Award, and the Howells Medal. He died of lung cancer in 2009, at age 75.
To kick off our summer series "Thrilled To Death," author Scott Turow recommends Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory. Turow says the novel achieves the unrelenting suspense that he craved as a reader and strives for as a writer. More at NPR.org
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