Several months ago, I was given the opportunity to be one of the judges for CT’s 2017 Book Awards in the category of Art & Culture. My top pick, Jessica Hooten Wilson’s Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky ended up being the top pick overall in its category. I was happy to write the blurb for her book which appeared in CT’s December issue.
Wilson’s book is a popular academic work (if such a thing can truly be possible), skewed slightly toward the academic end of the spectrum, though still readily accessible. Culturally, O’Connor is having a moment (as she should), and so is the devil, so the book seems timeless and timely – a line I might have used in writing the blurb for the book. If so I apologize for being redundant.
I hope readers will check out Jessica Hooten Wilson’s body of work. I’m looking forward to following along as she continues to publish both in the academy and outside of it.
For the CT Book Awards, click HERE.