American Savior (Hardcover)

A Novel of Divine Politics

By Roland Merullo

Algonquin Books, 9781565126077, 312pp.

Publication Date: August 26, 2008

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September 2008 Indie Next List

“With Jesus entering the presidential campaign, running on the platform of opening your mind and treating others kindly, how can he possibly expect to win? Merullo takes two hot-button issues, politics and religion, and turns them into challenging, thought-provoking examinations of our society and our own illusions.”
— Iris Cline, The Rediscovered Bookshop, Boise, ID
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What if Jesus suddenly appeared and announced that he planned to run for President of the United States? Yes, that Jesus. And what if a well-meaning but utterly inexperienced band of disciples not only helped him mount a seat-of-the-pants campaign but also ran it well, getting millions of people to support him and in the process throwing the other two major party candidates—as well as the world's news media—into a frenzy as they scramble to discredit him?

Roland Merullo's bitingly clever satirical novel about the state of American politics follows one man's campaign to bring back goodness and kindness (real goodness and kindness this time) in a country that has fallen into a divisive state of fear and hatred. Merullo takes us into the heart of "a nation in grave spiritual danger" as the Son of man sets out to make everyone realize that "politics as usual" is no longer an acceptable alternative.

American Savior is a remarkably innovative novel that challenges our perceptions and beliefs while it wags a finger at the folly of our self-righteousness. It is sure to cause controversy among those for whom politics itself has become a kind of religion.

About the Author

Roland Merullo is the critically acclaimed author of five books of nonfiction and twelve novels, including the Revere Beach Trilogy, Golfing with God, Breakfast with Buddha, The Vatican Waltz, and Dinner with Buddha. He lives with his wife and children in Massachusetts. His website is

Praise For American Savior: A Novel of Divine Politics

"Smart, funny yet dead serious Second Coming novel from Merullo, who has Jesus offering America spiritual renewal by way of a run for the White House....Merullo grounds his story superbly....Impressive speculative fiction, and a bracing tonic for an election year."—Kirkus Reviews

"A divine novelty . . . Jesus is irresistible. . . . The book's gentle satire effectively underscores Merullo's criticism of 21st-century behavior and beliefs."-- Boston Globe