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4. Winter's Bone
5. Dhmara Bums
7. On the Trail of Genghis Khan
8. Holy Bible
8. Holy Bible
Set in 1991, in Ballarat (that's Australia for those of you not familiar with rural Victoria) this book chronicles the lives of a family living within an extreme Christian sect, who are excitedly awaiting the end of days (they believe Jesus is returning, due to the Gulf War). Initially following Tranquility Bloom, a teenager aspiring to be a nurse, the novel meanders its way through the three female members of the Bloom family, and in doing so sheds light on their background, their feelings about their religion, community and place amongst it.
I know that I'm quoting an old post here, but it's ages since I had a look at this thread and so I'm only just catching up to what's been posted this year.
This storyline rings a bell with me, as it reminds me of a court hearing that I did back in 2004 or thereabouts, when the US, Australia and other members of the "Coalition of the Willing" were in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The court hearing was in a small town in rural Queensland (another state of Australia) and involved a man who had to repay a debt to the government, but who did not think that he should have to do so. I represented the government. The man lost, as the court decided that he had to repay the debt.
As I was walking to my car outside the quaint, wooden country courthouse, I was accosted by the man. I was initially a bit concerned that he might be aggrieved, but he was very pleasant and cheerful. He explained to me that he wasn't at all upset by the court's decision as he didn't think that he'd have to repay the money to the government. When I asked why, he explained that we were living in the end-times, as foretold by the Book of Revelations, and that salvation was coming soon. He said that George W Bush was clearly the anti-christ, as you could see the Number of the Beast written on his head when you looked at photographs of him.
He pressed a pamphlet on me and he asked what I happened to be doing that evening. As it happened, I was actually staying in the town for another couple of days to do more hearings, but I told him that I was very sorry, but that I was heading back to the city that afternoon!