Synopses & Reviews
Gabriel Black finds himself sentenced to prison for life without the possibility of parole for a murder he did not commit. In a twisted expression of honor, he takes responsibility for the action of a woman he loves and pays for it with his freedom.
One day in the prison library Gabriel reads about a man with a wonderful family and a successful career who finds that he has been cured of cancer thus proving, the author says, the existence of God. Gabriel is unmoved. A truer test of God's existence would be to find proof of Him in a disgusting corner of the world like prison, without hope, surrounded by violence, hatred, and indifference.
Gabriel starts a file where he can store any evidence of the divine he comes across no matter how unseemly. In brutal, honest language, he uncoverrs himself and the world while surviving in a hopeless hole, swimming in angry memories and regret.
"Hollon does the jailhouse blues raw and quirky....A strong portrait of a man of nobility at odds with circumstance, but, ultimately, a world not much larger than the filebox Gabriel assembles so obsessively." Kirkus Reviews
"In brutal, explicit language, Gabriel shares the contents of his files and leaves it up to the reader to decide if he has found the God he was searching for or if God was guiding him all along. Not for the faint of heart, this is an outstanding example of the continuing exploration of gritty reality in spiritual fiction." Library Journal
About the Author
Frank Turner Hollon graduated from Louisiana Tech University and Tulane Law School. He lives in Baldwin County, Alabama with his wife where he practices law in Robertsdale. Hollons first published work, the novella The Pains of April, received abundant praise for his sense of style, compelling voice, and honest storytelling. The Pains of April was published by Alabama bookseller Sonny Brewer of Over the Transom Publishing Company in 1999.