American Savior Here's the premise of Roland Merullo's political satire, American Savior : Jesus runs for president. Not the pale-skinned Jesus of Western art, but a suave,… American Savior Here's the premise of Roland Merullo's political satire, American Savior : Jesus runs for president. Not the pale-skinned Jesus of Western art, but a suave,… 2008-08-26 Fiction Politics and Current Events Algonquin Books
Book Review

American Savior (2008)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Aug 26, 2008; Writer: Roland Merullo; Genres: Fiction, Politics and Current Events; Publisher: Algonquin Books

Here's the premise of Roland Merullo's political satire, American Savior: Jesus runs for president. Not the pale-skinned Jesus of Western art, but a suave, swarthy, part-Navajo mystery man preaching ''kindness and goodness.'' Narrator Russ Thomas — a ''locally famous beat reporter with nice hair and aspirations for an anchor spot in a top-ten market'' — has his doubts (and sometimes worries Jesus is after his girlfriend) but nonetheless dumps his TV job to work for the campaign. Unfortunately, Merullo's arch tone clashes with his earnest message, and the novel drags on a little too long. Sort of like this campaign season. B-

Originally posted Aug 15, 2008 Published in issue #1007-1008 Aug 22, 2008 Order article reprints
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