The Fire Gospels

The Fire GospelsMike Magnuson (MFA, 1997)

HarperCollins, 1998
ISBN: 0060175958

The Fire Gospels takes place in the McCutcheon River Valley inWisconsin during a long-standing drought. Through characters like Grady McCann, a hardworking maintenance man at an old folks’ home; his wife, Erica, a strangely evangelic Catholic; and Lucky Littlefield, the local weatherman turned preacher who enjoins his viewers to “pray for rain” at the beginning of each broadcast, The Fire Gospels tells in vivid detail the story of the drought and how the townspeople are seduced into believing that Lucky will pull them through their time of struggle.