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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (305 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Hellenga Narrator: Coleen Marl Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the morning of his fortieth birthday, anthropology professor Jackson Jones contemplates his future: Should he go back to Africa, where he did his fieldwork, and live with the Mbuti, or should he marry and settle down in the Midwest, where he now teaches?

On the morning of her release from prison, Sunny, who grew up in a snake-handling church in the Little Egypt region of Southern Illinois, rents a garage apartment from Jackson. She’s been serving a five-year sentence for shooting, but not killing, her husband, the pastor of the Church of the Burning Bush with Signs Following after he forced her at gunpoint to put her arm in a box of rattlesnakes.

Sunny and Jackson become lovers, but they’re pulled in different directions. Sunny, drawn to science and eager to put her snake-handling past behind her, enrolls at the university. Jackson, however, takes a professional interest in the religious ecstasy exhibited by the snake handlers. Push comes to shove in a novel packed with wit, substance, and emotional depth. Snakewoman of Little Egypt delivers Robert Hellenga at the top of his form.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/20/2014

    " I picked this book up because the premise reminded me of Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake-Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington, one of my favorite non-fiction books of all time. I assumed it would be a fictional retelling of that story, and in a way it was I guess. Both books reference snake handling as a part of religious ritual, but that's where the similarities end. I wanted to like Snakewoman of Little Egypt, but truth be told, it was kind of a mess. The biggest problem for me was that I had a hard time getting attached to either Sunny or Jackson. They were both self-serving and generally unlikable, and after finishing the first few chapters, I no longer cared what happened to either of them. I also thought the setting was unnecessarily busy, and as a result, the story was all over the place and difficult to follow. Just because you can write a story involving snake handling, Paris, academia, prison life, and African pygmies doesn't mean you should. I liked Hellenga's writing style, but this book just didn't do it for me. Your mileage may vary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 2/2/2014

    " Okay. Didn't blow my mind. A tad predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sara | 1/30/2014

    " This book maybe should have only gotten 2 stars due to some really stupid parts with language and sex, but overall it was a pretty interesting read. It told a story about a woman who goes to jail for shooting her husband (a preacher at a snake handling church) after he forces her to stick her arm in a box of rattle snakes. After 6 years in jail she has to start over and chooses to go to college. The people she meets, and the stories she tells from her past, as well as the inevitable encounters with her ex-husband make for an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maria | 1/27/2014

    " Interesting plot, definitely had an unexpected ending. I enjoyed the mix of anthropology and religion but felt that it was a bit overdone at times. However, the characters were intriguing and it was one of the more unique books I have read! "

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About the Author

Robert Hellenga was educated at the University of Michigan and Princeton. He is a professor at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and the author of the novels The Sixteen Pleasures, The Fall of a Sparrow, Blues Lessons, Philosophy Made Simple, Snakewoman of Little Egypt, and The Italian Lover.