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NO ORDINARY NOEL
Genre: Mainstream, Multicultural
The majority of this book is filled with a dry humor and the scenes and characters are just ridiculous enough to make you smirk, so the few serious scenes seem out of place and throw off the whole dynamic of the book. The names of some characters (like Bea Blister and Sasha Pray Onn) are meant to be funny, but come off as corny.
Reverend Leotis Tom of the Crossing Over Sanctuary Church preaches against gambling, but finds himself in a precarious position. The members have until Christmas day to pay off millions of dollars of debt to The Cheater Brothers' Piece of Savings Bank, plus he needs money for building project that will offer a new life to the senior members of his church and the town at large. But the only money available is a $25 million check from the lottery winnings of one of the members, which Rev. Tom denounces as sinful. Sister Betty sets out to open the reverend's eyes to his congregation's history of wildly unholy (but profitable) secrets (DAFINA, Oct., 320 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: B. Nakia Garner
Published: October 2011