I have seen a definite resurgence of Catholic Fiction in the past 15 years. Granted, not all of it is quality Catholic fiction. However, there are many aspiring Catholic novelists out there and I see this as a good thing.
When I entered my second novel In Name Only in the 2010 IPPY Awards in the category of Religious Fiction, I hoped to win a medal, but I certainly didn’t expect to win the top prize. I knew that no other Catholic novel had won the coveted award thus far. When I found out that I had won, I was flabbergasted. Even more amazing, this year, Ann Lewis’s Murder in the Vatican won the Gold Medal. Two Catholic novels have won the top prize two years in a row.
Here is a (non-comprehensive) list of some of my favorite Catholic novels:
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Mystery of Things by Debra Murphy
Passport by Christopher Blunt
The Midnight Dancers by Regina Doman
In-Sight by Gerard Webster
Danny Gospel by David Athey
House of Gold by Bud Macfarlane Jr.
Do you have a favorite Catholic novel, either classic or contemporary? Leave a comment below before September 15th to be entered to win a free hard copy of my new novel, Stealing Jenny.
Copyright 2011 Ellen Gable Hrkach