Like some of the great comic novels – Catch 22, for example, or MASH – this one gets its humor from its characters…This is a stylishly written, very funny historical that has some smart things to say about the mass media, about manufactured phenomena, and about religious nogoodniks.
... this is a damn smart book.
[Stratton’s] new novel…is a skewering of society, especially its religious structures, official pomposity and hypocrisy, with its emphasis on money and the eternal grasping to get it at any cost. Little escapes Stratton’s machine-gun-peppering approach to the world…
Winnipeg Free Press
Playwright and novelist Allan Stratton obviously had big fun writing this Depression-set story about a charismatic (maybe) healer… Stratton rips into every social institution he can think of. It's all pretty entertaining. And Mary Mabel is a great character.
Stratton's (Chanda's Secrets) comedic examination of celebrity in a bygone era, the novel acknowledges that media frenzies are in no way a uniquely modern phenomenon, nor is the way the people at the center of these frenzies are often helpless to prevent their public images from being molded to suit the great and powerful, the ambitious and the brazen opportunists. As the plot weaves back and forth across Canada and America, celebrities from Hoover to Hearst are skewered, but at no point does the book lose sight of its essential good nature or that of its protagonist.
The book is a frolic, full of mischief and mayhem.
London Free Press
…skewers the chicanery and entrenched religious right of the 1930s. Its language is spot on for the times and will produce much laughter.
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