"There are all kinds of truth ... but behind all of them there is only one truth and that is that there's no truth.”
I do not recommend "Wise Blood" lightly. It's dark and twisted. It's both deeply religious and scathingly blasphemous. When I finished reading, I was in a bonafide book drought. Nothing satisfied me; it was that affecting. At its core, "Wise Blood" is the story of Hazel Motes, the son of a preacher who decides to start his own "Church Without Christ". In the classic Southern Gothic style, Flannery O'Connor weaves a tale of redemption amidst a backdrop of extreme (and often grotesque) characters.— From Halley
Flannery O'Connor's haunting first novel of faith, false prophets, and redemptive wisdom
Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor's astonishing and haunting first novel, is a classic of twentieth-century literature. It is the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his inborn, desperate fate. He falls under the spell of a "blind" street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter, Sabbath Lily. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Motes founds the Church Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God. He meets Enoch Emery, a young man with "wise blood," who leads him to a mummified holy child and whose crazy maneuvers are a manifestation of Motes's existential struggles. This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdom gives us one of the most riveting characters in American fiction.