One of the most compelling, page-turning memoirs to come along in years - by turns jarring, shocking, and funny. 'Another Hour On A Sunday Morning' is the story of two children growing up in fundamentalist Christian America.
Sinners go to: HELL. Rightchuss go to: HEAVEN. The end is near: REPENT. This here is: JESUS LAND.
Julia Scheeres stumbles across these signs along the side of a cornfield while out biking with her adopted brother, David. It's the mid-1980s, they're sixteen years old and have just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees and
trailer parks - and a racism neither of them is prepared for. While Julia is white, her close relationship with David, who is black, makes them both outcasts. At home, a distant mother (more involved with her church's missionaries than with
her own children) and a violent father only compound their problems. When the day comes that high-school hormones, bullying, and a deep-seated restlessness prove too much to bear, the parents send Julia and David to the Dominican
Republic to a 1980s Christian version of Brat Camp. In this riveting memoir, first-time author Scheeres takes us with her from the Midwest to a place beyond our imagining. Surrounded by natural beauty, the Escuela Caribe is governed by
a disciplinary regime that demands its teens repent for their sins under boot-camp conditions. Julia and David's determination to make it through their childhood and the camp with heart and soul intact is told here with immediacy, candor and sparkling humour.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 03 / 2006
- 135 x 210mm