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Discoveries: 'Snakewoman of Little Egypt' by Robert Hellenga
Discoveries: 'Snakewoman of Little Egypt' by Robert Hellenga

Snakewoman of Little Egypt A Novel Robert Hellenga Bloomsbury USA: 342 pp., $25 Blend one anthropologist (Jackson), one young woman fresh out of prison for shooting and injuring her husband (Sunny), and that husband, a Pentecostal pastor from a serpent-handling church (Earl) and watch their lives twist around one another in utterly unpredictable ways. You are in Hellengaville, searching for your lost shaker of angst. Robert Hellenga's characters perpetually reenter the world, reinvent themselves, reconnect with one another in new ways. It's this flexibility, this constant flux, that make his novels ("The Sixteen Pleasures," "The Fall of a Sparrow," "The...

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