|The God Cookie by Geoffrey Wood
||[Mar. 21st, 2009|05:07 pm]
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The God Cookie by Geoffrey Wood|
Meet Parrish. He’s a regular guy, owns a coffee shop. He happens to be shooting the breeze with his buddies at the neighborhood Chinese buffet, talking about the dents in golf balls and such, when the discussion develops into a debate on whether or not God still speaks to people.
When his friends skip out and he is left alone, Parrish tells God he's “all in.” Ready to listen, do what he’s told, and see what happens. Only moments later, back at his table, he opens his fortune cookie to find a surprise -- instead of a proverbial statement, he reads a directive from God.
“Take the corner.”
God, via cookie, sends him on this first step of a seemingly absurd adventure. His quest sends him to the corner bus stop, where he finds a dropped and forgotten letter, written in a desperate tone, to help those God brings across his path. There, Parrish befriends Audra, a nursing student who rides the bus home. And together they begin to follow the god cookie message, pursuing the random threads of the experiment, tying them together and discovering more about themselves than either ever imagined possible.
First Line: Perhaps none of this would have happened had they not been arguing about golf balls.
Geoffrey Wood, author of Leaper (another fine, hilarious read with surprising depths), has done it again with The God Cookie.
The premise of this novel amused me, so I picked it up, and before I realized what had happened, I'd read the first thirty pages. The writing is playful, the dialogue crackles, and I laughed out loud more times than I can count in the first chapter alone.
As in Leaper, Wood makes you laugh until you cry - and then makes you cry. I can't wait to read this one again.
Cross-posted to christianbook.