Episode 30: The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.

Robert Jones, Jr (Penguin, Random House)

In this rather intellectually searching episode, the Spoilers wrestle with Robert Jones’ beautiful and challenging debut novel. We try to figure everything out at first, but ultimately settle upon a rather comfortable acceptance of un-knowing and dwelling in the wonder of ambiguity. Arriving at the conclusion that there has not really ever been a novel like this one (EVER!) doesn’t take us too awful long — and once we do get there — look out. What could have been an hour of complaining becomes a literary love fest. This episode is all epiphanic bliss and profound discovery in real time, folks (perhaps hyperbole, but it felt good).

Mentioned in the Episode

What the spoilers are up to!

  • Todd — “Throughline” on Marcus Garvry, Octavia Butler, and Bayard Rustin; The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett
  • Adriana — Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler
  • Crystal — The Cutting Season by Attica Locke and Dear Science and Other Stories by Katherine McKittrick
  • Anita — Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid; Cloe Zhao’s Nomandland and The Rider

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