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The rapture
Liz Jensen
Adult Fiction JENSEN

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Apocalyptic global climate change fuels Jensen's terrifying near-future tale about the human will to survive or, in the case of Bethany Krall, a psychic psychotic teen who stabbed her mother to death, the will to embrace death. Bethany, a patient at Oxsmith Adolescent Secure Psychiatric Hospital in Hadport, England, forms a strong bond with her wheelchair-bound psychologist, Gabrielle Fox. As Gabrielle treats her patient, the world outside the hospital suffers natural disasters foreseen by Bethany after ECT shock therapy. Meanwhile, Bethany has been traumatized by the "Faith Wave" views of her father, Rev. Leonard Krall, who believes the Rapture is approaching. Since Bethany is convinced she bears the mark of the beast, she fears she won't go to heaven. Gabrielle seeks help from Frazer Melville, a physicist who takes Bethany's catastrophe calendar seriously. In gorgeous prose, Jensen (Egg Dancing) paints a depressing but oddly hopeful portrait of a modern doomsday scenario. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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main characters Gabrielle Fox
Female
Wheelchair-bound
Trying to rebuild her life after a devastating car accident; has become a prisoner of her own guilt and grief; wants a fresh start in life; gets a job as an art therapist at a psychiatric hospital for teenagers; notcies a connection between Bethany's paranoid disaster visions and actual incidents of recent natural disasters.
Art therapist

Bethany Krall
Female
Psychic
Stabbed her mother to death; spending time in a psychiatric hospital; violent; insists that her electroshock treatment enables her to foresee natural disasters.



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