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On a small farm beside a lake in Minnesota's north woods an old man is waiting for the Rapture, which God has told him will happen in two weeks, on August 19, 1974. When word gets out, Last Days Ranch becomes ground zero for The End, drawing zealots, curiosity seekers, and reporters—among them the prophet's son, a skeptical New York writer suddenly caught between his overbearing father and the news story of a lifetime. Into the mix comes Melanie Magnus, a glamorous actress who has old allegiances to both father and son. Meanwhile, Nixon's resignation has transfixed the nation.


Praise for American Gospel:


"No one illuminates father–son relationships better than Lin Enger. He masterfully weaves a deeply moving and unforgettable story about faith, ambition, and the tangled threads that bind family and community. Wise and lyrical, American Gospel kept me spellbound from the first word to the last."

— Ann Weisgarber, author of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree and The Glovemaker


"A tightly constructed novel in which unexpected second chances lead to forgiveness, lost and found families, and enlightenment. American Gospel is tenderly written, expertly plotted, and culminates in an ending for the ages. A wonderful book."

 — Nickolas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs and Little Faith


"Lin Enger's American Gospel is a marvel, a novel of suspense featuring an unlikely cast of characters. Long after its exciting climax, the vivid images and provocative themes are sure to linger with readers."

 — Larry Watson, author of Montana 1948


"American Gospel is a glorious novel about what people choose to believe—and, more importantly, why they choose to believe it."

 — Foreword Reviews, starred review



"Enger effectively expands on themes of belonging and blind devotion as a group of true believers face their final day of reckoning... plenty of apocalyptic excitement."

  Publishers Weekly