nptp-frontcoverNo Place to Pray, James Carpenter, Twisted Roads Publications, 2016. 

Perhaps sparked by the tensions in our country over the last several years regarding race relations, Carpenter’s novel is timely and compelling.


Two young men, one bi-racial and the other white, meet in an overnight lockup, thus beginning a shared twenty-year downward spiral into alcoholism and homelessness. LeRoy and Harmon work together, drink together, and brawl together. As Harmon suffers from his final illness, they both bed Edna, a wealthy widow who — out of pity, curiosity, and loneliness — takes them into her vacation home by the river.

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