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  • Author:
    Darcey Steinke
  • ISBN:
    0802135986
  • ISBN13:
    978-0802135988
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  • Publisher:
    Grove Press; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (January 13, 1999)
  • Pages:
    224 pages
  • Subcategory:
    United States
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  • Rating:
    4.2
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Jesus saves, Darcey Steinke. p. cm. ISBN 9780802193223.

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of River’s Edge, Darcey Steinke’s Jesus Saves is an unforgettable passage through the depths of the literary imagination. Read whenever, wherever. Your phone is always with you, so your books are too – even when you’re offline.

the girl whispered as they squatted on the cement front porch and peered into the big bay window. All the houses were dark except the dandelion of muted light in the window of this split-level. r watched the old man, dressed like Klass in bow tie and plaid vest, pour beer from a beaded can of Budweiser into a teacup. A white candle dripped liquid wax over a green wine bottle. The man was talking animatedly, tipping his chin down as if listening intently, then throwing his head back and laughing.

From one of the most daring and sensuous young writers in America, Jesus Saves, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, is a suburban gothic that explores the sources of evil, confronts the dynamic shifts within theology, and traces the consequences of suburban alienation. Set in the modern launch pads of adolescent ritual, the strip malls and duplexes on the back side of suburbia, it’s the story of two girls: Ginger, a troubled minister’s daughter; and Sandy Patrick, who has been abducted from summer camp and now smiles from missing-child posters all over town.

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Jesus Saves" is a chilling horror story, a suburban gothic that explores the darkest limits of human degradation. Set in a landscape of strip malls and feral kudzu-covered dump sites, this book focuses on the other suburbia, not the green manicured lawns and well-tended ranch houses, but the trampled, trash-filled strips of woods lying between subdivisions and superhighways, launchpads for adolescent ritual, whose sacramental remnants are discarded beer cans and charred wood.

Steinke teaches creative writing at Darcey Steinke is the daughter of a Lutheran minister. She grew up in upstate New York; Connecticut; Philadelphia; and Roanoke, Virginia

Steinke teaches creative writing at Darcey Steinke is the daughter of a Lutheran minister. She grew up in upstate New York; Connecticut; Philadelphia; and Roanoke, Virginia. She is a graduate of Cave Spring High School, Goucher College, and the University of Virginia, where she received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.

From one of the most daring young writers in America, Jesus Saves, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, is a suburban gothic that explores the sources of evil, confronts the dynamic shifts within theology, and traces the consequences of suburban alienation. Set in the modern launch pads of adolescent ritual, the strip malls and duplexes on the back side of suburbia, it's the story of two girls: Ginger, a troubled minister's daughter; and Sandy Patrick, who has been abducted from summer camp and now smiles from missing-child posters all over town. Layering the dreamscapes of Alice in Wonderland with the subculture of River's Edge, Darcey Steinke's Jesus Saves is an unforgettable passage through the depths of the literary imagination.

Marr
First of all, if you prefer a plot-driven book that doesn't require a lot of thought about symbolism, then Jesus Saves isn't for you. The plot in this book, even admitted by critics who liked the book, is pretty much non-existent. It isn't an action packed novel, but instead relies on a dry prose to present subtle symbolism to get it's point across.

I enjoy books that don't spoonfeed me the moral, but I also like challenging books to have a good plot on the surface. Figuring out the symbolism and meaning of this book was fun, but reading it was boring at times. The bulk of the novel is spent describing Ginger's aimless wanderings in a suburban town that's gone downhill and the horrors faced by Sandy (a girl kidnapped by a child molester).

If you want books with symbolism that are actually entertaining, read Douglas Coupland or Chuck Palahniuk.
Nahn
I bought this book because it came up in a list of books that will make you lose faith in humanity and it intrigued me. Ironically, this book did anything but make me lose even more faith in humanity. Plain and simply put this book restored just a little bit of what I had already lost.
Terrible things happen to the characters put on them by the evil in the world, and yet, despite all of it, they come through it for the better. If you can make it through the horrors of everyday life presented for all the world to see in this book, you will come through it believing just a little bit more in your fellow man.
TheMoonix
I skimmed over some of the other reviews, and pretty much everything I might want to say has been said, so I'll just tell you what's helpful.

Yes, the book is symbolic and slow-paced. It is, however, well-written, flowery prose that I enjoyed reading...to a point. The people who gave this book negative reviews were appalled by the graphic nature and the "misleading" title. Yes, the book is graphic, and not for children. In a couple of scenes, I would definitely even consider it pornographic. It describes certain things in a way that is both crude and poetic, if such a thing is possible (apparently it is).

I don't think the title is so much trying to mislead as it is trying to be ironic. If some people missed that, then it's saying something about the IQ of the reader, not the author.

Overall, I wouldn't say that this book has a wide appeal, but the author does have talent, so if you don't mind dark fiction, and a lack of a sound ending, give it a read.
Ucantia
Sorry, just couldn't resist that old joke. Anyway, I found the book short enough to read in one day, which is good, because if it had been any longer I don't think that I would have finished it. That's not to say that the book didn't have it's merits, it's just that I really couldn't get myself involved with the characters.

The author never fleshes out the people in the book, even the main protagonists. We never learn their ages or really anything else about them that might make us care for them. When you can't "bond" with the characters, you can't really work up any concern for what happens to them, and even at the end I wasn't fully engaged in the book. I needed to read something to pass the time,however, and this was at least adequate in that respect.
Doomblade
This book was an interesting story about a young girl which society would think of as "troubled" because of certain problems such as drugs, sex, etc. Due to the title and since she was a preacher's daughter, I was hoping this book would have some type of guiding knowledge about how many aspects of religion is questionable and such, but it didn't really talk about it. It's basically just a story about a Christian girl who "didn't follow" the way she was raised. I'm glad the author didn't make the character "find her way" before the book ended. I like knowing there are kids out there like me who also aren't following their parents faith. It also gave a picture of suburb life that felt similar to my own. I could relate a lot to this book. Buy it for a story though, not for answers. There wasn't much reading between the lines in the story.
Chi
Darcey Steinke certainly deserves an A for effort. She's nailed the plot elements necessary to be hailed as a great dark artist in this end of the age - child abuse, dead moms and absent dads, detached sexy teenage girls, philosophical/religious critique of the cult of the suburbs... I have nothing against these elements in and of themselves, although some of them are starting to be overdone.
Unfortunately, her style combines Anne Rice's obsessive-compulsive love of irrelevant detail, the insistant grimyness of a latter-day rock star, and a Joyce-esque refusal to clearly distinguish thought from actuality, while lacking the redeeming gifts of any of the above-mentioned artists.
Darcey Steinke will probably write something good someday, probably a short story. Keep your eye out for that. Don't bother with this.
Arlelond
This is my second reading of Steinke. I found Suicide Blonde equally disturbing. There are things about Darcey's writing that I don't like--sometimes, I just can't picture her characters and their setting, and I get lost at times in where the plot is going. In Jesus Saves, I never did understand why she juxtaposed Ginger and Sandy, or the deal with the deer. But I always will pick up a book by Darcey because her use of words is so eloquent. The best part of this book is the dream sequences that Sandy uses to stay alive. Darcey Steinke writes from the dark side. Redemption and meaning do not enter in.
I admit it: I judged this book by its cover. I was intrigued by the title, the flap copy, and the cover design, and that's why I picked it up; it sounded like a subversive, interesting, anti-religious tome. Unfortunately, while a recurring theme of the book is torture, the only truly torturous task concerning this book is attempting to read it from start to finish--an arduous process that I'm surprised I managed. Steinke's excruciating attention to irrelevant detail and the two-dimensionality of her characters leave a whole lot to be desired in this ultimately boring novel. So much potential..it's really a shame. Not recommended.