After reading Professor Nana’s review, I was itchin’ to get my hands on R. A. Nelson’s newest release, DAYS OF LITTLE TEXAS. I was curious to see how Little Texas’s story intersects with my own, and when I saw this plot summary, yea verily, I was hooked.
Welcome, all ye faithful—and otherwise—to a ghost story, a romance, and a reckoning unlike anything you’ve read before. Acclaimed YA author R. A. Nelson delivers a tantalizing tale set in the environs of the evangelical revival circuit and centered around Ronald Earl, who at ten became the electrifying “boy wonder” preacher known as Little Texas. Now sixteen, though the faithful still come and roar with praise and devotion, Ronald Earl is beginning to have doubts that he is worthy of and can continue his calling. Doubts that only intensify when his faith and life are tested by a mysterious girl who he was supposed to have healed, but who is now showing up at the fringe of every stop on the circuit. Is she merely devoted, or is she haunting him? Fascinating and original, this is an unusual story whose reverb will be deeply felt and which will inspire lively book discussion.
No surprise, DAYS OF LITTLE TEXAS received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Intriguing, provocative, haunting…I highly recommend it!
What inspired Russ to write this story?
Enquiring minds I wanted to know. In this first segment of our two-part interview, Russ recalls ghosts of the past, his favorite scenes from the novel, and the Southern-style suppers he shared with his grandmother. We even talk about Heaven!