The Outcast Oracle

By Laury A. Egan

 “Simply delicious fun from start to finish.”

  – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Fourteen-year-old Charlene Beth “Charlie” Whitestone has been deserted by her parents in 1959 western New York.  She’s left in the custody of her grandfather, C.B.: a charming con artist, moonshiner and religious fraud who inducts her into his various enterprises while encouraging her dreams of becoming a writer. When C.B. suddenly dies, Charlie is left alone to use her wits and resourcefulness to take charge of her life, all the while wrestling with the morality of continuing her grandfather’s schemes. Then a handsome cowboy turns up, insinuating himself into C.B.’s religion business and into Charlie’s heart. Soon he has Charlie performing staged “miracles,” plunging her deeper into a lucrative but troubling web of deceit.

 

Though The Outcast Oracle is about a teenage girl, it’s a book for any adult who remembers the traumas of adolescence and the shock of discovering that religion is not all it’s cracked up to be.

 

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