Jennifer Armstrong
April 11, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Joanne Proulx
publisher
Soho Press
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Small-town Michigan kid Luke Hunter discovers he can foresee deaths — starting with his buddy Stan’s. But Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet is more emo coming-of-age tale than teen Medium, and that’s a good thing. Joanne Proulx doesn’t rely on mystery to carry her plot — the deaths are mundane car-crash and tractor-accident affairs. Instead, she weaves a compelling narrative about seeking faith and deftly channels the voice of a disaffected stoner. Though she lays Luke’s teen verbal tics on distractingly thick at times, they never ring false — and neither does his search for redemption. B+

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