Review – Danny Gospel by David Athey

Danny Gospel is one of those novels that I know will stay with me long after I’ve finished reading it. This book is an absolutely delightful tale of a young man who’s “kinda different” but his “heart is pure.”

Set in Iowa, the novel begins with Danny waking up to a woman, dressed in white, who kisses him. For the rest of the book, while he searches for this mysterious girl, we learn about Danny’s tragic life, told in his own peculiar and unique way. Danny’s own words are “I’m always in mourning, even when I’m happy.” This should have been a depressing read. On the contrary. It is an incredibly uplifting story filled with humor and innocence, joy and hope. At one point, Danny is provoked into a fight and seriously harms someone and, although he wants to stay, his friend gives him money and a car to leave town. During his travels, Danny drives down to Florida. Eventually, though, he realizes he must return home to Iowa.

To read the rest of my review at Catholic

Copyright 2010 Ellen Gable Hrkach

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