Heaven Lake (2004) In his spacious first novel, Dalton tackles the sentimental education of Vincent Saunders, a young Christian missionary who leaves Red Bud, Ill., to teach English… 2004-04-06 Fiction
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Heaven Lake (2004)

Details Release Date: Apr 06, 2004; Writer: John Dalton; Genre: Fiction

In his spacious first novel, Dalton tackles the sentimental education of Vincent Saunders, a young Christian missionary who leaves Red Bud, Ill., to teach English and spread the word of God in the exotic, slightly sinister Taiwanese city of Toulio, where he and Alec, a surly stoner, are the only Westerners. The beginning of this old-fashioned story is, like its protagonist, modest and without frills. After eccentric businessman Mr. Gwa offers Vincent $10,000 to travel to a remote Chinese province to collect a young beauty he's long fancied, the book blossoms into an unexpectedly satisfying saga. Vincent's trials attest to an enduring truth: No one of any faith can lay claim to genuine spiritual knowledge without journeying both into the heart of his frail human self and out into the damaged world.

Originally posted Apr 09, 2004 Published in issue #759 Apr 09, 2004 Order article reprints