The Eternal Footman
By James Morrow
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151293254, 400pp.)
Publication Date: November 1999
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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The Eternal Footman completes Morrow's darkly comic trilogy about God's untimely demise. With God's skull in orbit, competing with the moon, a plague of "death awareness" spreads across the Western hemisphere. As the United States sinks into apocalypse, two people fight to preserve life and sanity. One is Nora Burkhart, a schoolteacher who will stop at nothing to save her only son, Kevin. The other is the genius sculptor Gerard Korty, who struggles to create a masterwork that will heal the metaphysical wounds of the age. A few highlights: a bloody battle on a New Jersey golf course between Jews and anti-Semites; a theater troupe's stirring dramatization of the Gilgamesh epic; and a debate between Martin Luther and Erasmus. Morrow also gives us his most chilling villain ever: Dr. Adrian Lucido, founder of a new pagan church in Mexico and inventor of a cure worse than any disease.
“America's best satirist."—James Gunn
“Salman Rushdie, eat your heart out."—The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Morrow hilariously joins the ranks of the great satirists."—The Denver Post