The Ecstatic or, Homunculus
We've seen the holy fool before, of course; perhaps we're well acquainted. In The Ecstatic -- the debut novel by Victor LaValle, who cannonballed into the young / urban / big-lit milieu with the award-winning short story collection Slapboxing With Jesus, made the PEN / Faulkner finalist list with this book, and, somewhere in there, got really fat and then thin again -- there are at least four, but first and foremost is Anthony James, 315-pound protagonist -- hero, maybe.
"...We've seen the holy fool before, of course; perhaps we're well acquainted. In..."
Oct. 10, 2003 Books Review by Cindy Widner