Exiles: A Novel

With each novel, Ron Hansen takes considerable risks, whether in exploring new geographical and cultural settings, modeling characters on historical figures or probing the depths of religious experience. Striking, enduring fictional heroes are often the result of his efforts, especially in Mariette in Ecstasy (1991) and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (1983). In his latest novel he models the main character on the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, while also attending to the political, cultural and religious issues of Hopkins’s time.

 

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