Book review: “Goliath” by Susan Woodring

Susan Woodring's “Goliath” plumbs the aftermath of serious deeds while positing that simplicity has deep roots. There are no simple lives.
BY MARY MCREYNOLDS Published: May 20, 2012

More lasting redemption is available when a spirit-filled preacher from their midst proclaims a gospel so pure and compelling that many hear and believe. The prophet saves a few and wins one for himself.

Biblical themes abound as “Goliath” faces slings and stones and its inevitable fall. Yet the terrible wake resurrects something new for whosoever will. Between the extremes of spirit/nonspirit responses, many not-so-ordinary lives come to positive terms with their mortality.

Woodring proves the best subjects for writers are death and love. She melds them deftly, almost magically, with word pictures that are simply astounding and must be read again and again.

— Mary McReynolds

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