Friday Fiction – Unoriginal Sinner and the Ice-Cream God

Original SinnerThe Unoriginal Sinner and the Ice-Cream God
Powers
1977

Submitter: This came to my attention because we inter-library loaned it to another library system…

Holly: Weird title, but this is the third book in a trilogy that includes The Last Catholic in America and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? I’ve heard of both! It was re-released in 2006 in the Loyola Classics series. The reviews often refer to the main character as an “Irish Catholic Holden Caulfield.” So, I’m gonna go with old, but not necessarily awful. People on GoodReads seem to like it, with a 3.95 average rating. Fiction is a hard one sometimes. The cover looks dated and this copy looks worn on the edges, but if it circulates you’re probably fine keeping the whole trilogy. Here’s a great example of when it really isn’t clear if an item is old and weird or old, weird, and/or “classic.” If I hadn’t googled the title, I might be tempted to weed it at first glance too. My library does not own this trilogy, but there are 12 libraries in our state-wide ILL system who do. 7 of them are universities and 5 are public libraries.

Unoriginal Sinner letters to God

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