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The Washington Post
". . .though we've had our share of splendid chroniclers of America's good ol' boys, we've rarely had them rendered by a philosopher like Cooper, and perhaps never by an author with such a keen ear and unflagging precision. . . . Purple Jesus is so perfectly written, it's exhilarating to read. . . . Cooper [is] not only a master of language and thought, of dialogue and metaphor, but a brilliant plotsmith, too.  "
Eric Miles Williamson
Author of 14 Fictional Positions, editor of the American Book Review, Boulevard, and Texas Review.


Kirkus Reviews
". . . you'll want to read Cooper's rollicking tale, which has elements of the hero quest, echoes of ancient mythology and some resolutely modern moments of extreme violence. Margaret Mitchell it's not, but Cooper's sometimes tender tale of love and confusion is a pleasure to read."

Asheville Citizen-Times Book Review
"What makes Cooper's work distinctive is his great talent at writing farce; his romance with Platonism and pantheism; his not shying from morbidity or vulgarity; and his Dylan Thomas-like turns at poetry."
Rob Neufeld
Asheville Citizen Times

"Purple Jesus is a novel that deserves a place on the bookshelf between O'Connor's Wise Blood and Crews' The Gospel Singer, but Ron Cooper has his own unique voice, and what a marvelous, darkly comic voice it is. He is an immensely talented writer."
Ron Rash
2009 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist for Serena

"Ron Cooper's Purple Jesus is a happy handful of a book. With characters as recognizable as they are eccentric, a storyline as inclusive as a revival tent, and a prose style that snaps like garters, it is one nifty read. Anyone who doesn't enjoy this novel just doesn't know how to have a good time."
Fred Chappell
Award-winning Novelist and poet (Prix de Meilleur des Livres Etrangers, the Bollingen Prize, and the T. S. Eliot Prize)

"Purple Jesus is one of those books you read in a single day. Purvis Driggers, the novel's hero-- if that word remotely connects to this bizarre figure on the bottom layer of a world that defies description -- stays in the head, and he won't go away. The writing is antic, smart, and often memorable. This is a fine novel."
Jay Parini
Author of The Last Station, co-founder New England Review

". . . this wacky sophmore novel--part mystery, part morality play, part screwball comedy--leaves the reader winded but entertained. . . . this novel will appeal to readers looking for fiction beyond the usual boundaries."

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Bancroft Press
October 15, 2010
ISBN 978-1-890862-70-1


© 2010 by Ron Cooper