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~FREE E-PUB ♽ The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival ⚖ Welcome to Grand Prairie, Louisiana land of confounding accents, hard drinking senior citizens, and charming sinners brought to hilarious life in a bracing, heartfelt debut novel simmering with Cajun spice Father Steve Sibille has come home to the bayou to take charge of St Pete s church Among his challenges are teenybopper altar girls, insomnia curing confessions, and alarmingly alluring congregant Vicky Carrier Then there s Miss Rita, an irrepressible centenarian with a taste for whiskey, cracklins, and sticking her nose in other people s businessWhen an outsider threatens to poach Father Steve s flock, Miss Rita suggests he fight back by staging an event that will keep St Pete s parishioners loyal forever As The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival draws near, help comes from the strangest places And while the road to the festival may be paved with good intentions not to mention bake sales, an elephant, and the most bizarre cook out ever where it will lead is anyone s guess This book caught my eye on the library shelf It sounded like a charming concept, and in many ways, it was The writing is engaging clearly this is a skilled writer He s tackling serious subjects sexuality and celibacy with humor, and he s got a crazy cast of characters that is very, very real I laughed out loud when the altar girl put grape juice in the chalice.All that being said, I spent most of the book battling negative emotions I found it unnecessarily raunchy, and for that reason un This book caught my eye on the library shelf It sounded like a charming concept, and in many ways, it was The writing is engaging clearly this is a skilled writer He s tackling serious subjects sexuality and celibacy with humor, and he s got a crazy cast of characters that is very, very real I laughed out loud when the altar girl put grape juice in the chalice.All that being said, I spent most of the book battling negative emotions I found it unnecessarily raunchy, and for that reason unbelievable Like anyone else, priests are likely to curse or have off color thoughts sometimes, but this was way beyond that Language like this usually makes me quit reading a book I just didn t buy that voice in a man who believed himself called to the priesthood, no matter how flawed and conflicted.As a Catholic I must admit that , I found the treatment of celibacy troublesome It didn t so much bother me that Fr Steve struggled with it that was plausible What bothered me was that there were at least four Catholic clergy presented in this book two in great detail, the others in passing and not one of them showed himself to be at peace with celibacy or even truly called to the priesthood And I had a feeling that was kind of the point which is what really bothered me It s popular to imply that all men who choose celibate priesthood are, by virtue of that choice, inherently sexually repressed or unhealthy That s the easy shot to take The author could have elevated this book to a whole new level simply by the inclusion of one psychologically, emotionally healthy character to show the spectrum that exists in the real world even if that character s influence didn t change any of the outcomes for Fr Steve or his friend Mark.You might dismiss this whole review as something written by a straight laced Catholic But bear in mind I stuck with a book I ordinarily would not have stuck with, because I saw that it had the potential to do something very few books achieve namely, to offer a nuanced portrait of a religious person without writing a religious novel Unfortunately, the book missed that opportunity To be fair, it d be surprising if I didn t like this one, since it was pushing all sorts of my buttons madcap romp, Catholicism, places I ve lived in this case, Louisiana , sexuality, joyfulness, community. This one should certainly give book clubs something to talk about I loved it. I would love to read a really good book that would draw me in, but this one was not it I picked up this book because of the intriguing cover, but it did not live up to the expectations on the back cover The main character is a Catholic priest who constantly abuses his vows swearing, drinking to excess, uncontrollable anger, a whiner andwith no mention of the impact of faith on one s life Also, lots of unnecessary profanity, gay bar scenes, and focus on his alarmingly alluring congrega I would love to read a really good book that would draw me in, but this one was not it I picked up this book because of the intriguing cover, but it did not live up to the expectations on the back cover The main character is a Catholic priest who constantly abuses his vows swearing, drinking to excess, uncontrollable anger, a whiner andwith no mention of the impact of faith on one s life Also, lots of unnecessary profanity, gay bar scenes, and focus on his alarmingly alluring congregant Vicky This could have been a really good book about life in a small Louisiana town, but the book is riddled with unlikable characters When Father Steve encounters a charismatic preacher building a Pentecostal church on the other side of town and who threatens to poach his flock, 100 year old Miss Rita suggests he fight back by putting on a festival that will keep his parishioners loyal It s to be called the First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival There are a couple of funny moments when the two rival churches try to out do each other, otherwise a depressing book The ending was really unsatisfactory so don t waste your time reading this one Had no idea what to rate this book Parts of it were a 1 and parts a 5 Found this book on the bagain shelf at the used book store The cover a priest leading an elephant and the title were intriguing, so I purchased it The main reason I didn t like it was the vulgar language I can read some bad words, but to have the F word over and over is unnecessary It did not contribute to the story and the characters are some that you wouldn t expect to be having potty mouth all the time The s Had no idea what to rate this book Parts of it were a 1 and parts a 5 Found this book on the bagain shelf at the used book store The cover a priest leading an elephant and the title were intriguing, so I purchased it The main reason I didn t like it was the vulgar language I can read some bad words, but to have the F word over and over is unnecessary It did not contribute to the story and the characters are some that you wouldn t expect to be having potty mouth all the time The story is about a young priest,Father Steve Sibille, who has been assigned to a church near his home He has all kinds of challenges including immaturity, a mind that wanders while he doing Mass, alcohol, loneliness, flirty alter girls, and a sexy woman,Vicky, in his congregation who is the daughter of the last priest who served at St Pete s One of the ongoing highpoints in the story is visits of Father Steve to Miss Rita She is the former maid of Father Steve s grandmother She is very elderly and bossy At each visit, Father Steve must bring her a bottle of Royal Crown and cracklings She is always telling him that he needs a woman in his life Father Steve finds out a large Penticostal church is being built in the area.so where are all the people going to come from to fill the churchmaybe St Pete s Miss Rita tells Father Steve that he needs to have a festival to build community in his congregration And then the problems begin By the way it is Father Steve and his friends, Father Mark and Vicky, who use some of the worst language Wheaton s characters and setting are charming He gives the reader a real feel for rural Louisiana The dialogue is snappy, sometimes bordering on snarky, but Wheaton keeps you chuckling here and there However, his portrayal of the protagonist, Father Steve, is just a bit too much of a two dimensional caricature He is so much of an anti priest cussing, drinking, thinking constantly about sex, etc that it comes off as inauthentic This is reinforced because pretty much all the priests mentio Wheaton s characters and setting are charming He gives the reader a real feel for rural Louisiana The dialogue is snappy, sometimes bordering on snarky, but Wheaton keeps you chuckling here and there However, his portrayal of the protagonist, Father Steve, is just a bit too much of a two dimensional caricature He is so much of an anti priest cussing, drinking, thinking constantly about sex, etc that it comes off as inauthentic This is reinforced because pretty much all the priests mentioned in the book are portrayed in a similar light Better portrayals of priest protagonists can be found in The Diary of a Country Priest, or, for a better example of a heroic yet all too human priest, Graham Greene s The Power and the Glory I would be interested to read something by Wheaton with a main character that Wheaton knowsabout and can provide abelievable rendering First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival tells the story of Father Steve and his parishoners, the teenybopper alter girls, insomnia curing confessions, Father Mark, the gay priest, and Miss Rita, a centenarian who has a penchant for Crown Royal and cracklins It was a fun read and memorable characters and a story to remember A typical paragraph reads I ll say this much for guys, gay or straight it s easy to pick up a friendship and act like nothing s happened I can only imagine how quickl First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival tells the story of Father Steve and his parishoners, the teenybopper alter girls, insomnia curing confessions, Father Mark, the gay priest, and Miss Rita, a centenarian who has a penchant for Crown Royal and cracklins It was a fun read and memorable characters and a story to remember A typical paragraph reads I ll say this much for guys, gay or straight it s easy to pick up a friendship and act like nothing s happened I can only imagine how quickly Christianity would have collapsed had Jesus and the Apostles been a bunch of women Jesus would never have gotten over the fact that they abandoned him during the Crucifixion I can t believe you guys would do that to me I m never speaking to you again Ever Then, out of spite, He would have run off and joined up with the Zoroastrians Miss Rita has me there She was my only ally in the battle against Mawmaw and her okra gumbo Any other gumbo I loved chicken and sausage, gizzard and hearts, seafood, squirrel But okra No way I could write sermons about the pure evil that is okra Fry it, saute it, cover it in sugar and chocolate, or wrap it in bacon, but no way is anyone going to convince me that okra, especially in its slimy gumbo manifestation, isn t concrete proof that Satan walks the earth Meet Steven Sibille yo Miss Rita has me there She was my only ally in the battle against Mawmaw and her okra gumbo Any other gumbo I loved chicken and sausage, gizzard and hearts, seafood, squirrel But okra No way I could write sermons about the pure evil that is okra Fry it, saute it, cover it in sugar and chocolate, or wrap it in bacon, but no way is anyone going to convince me that okra, especially in its slimy gumbo manifestation, isn t concrete proof that Satan walks the earth Meet Steven Sibille you can call him Father Steve for short He s a Catholic priest presiding over a remote hamlet Parish, Grand Prairie, in rural Louisiana The challenges are numerous He can t seem to find any willing alter boys to help him deliver Mass so he enlists the help of alter girls The previous priest has a daughter no one is quite sure how that happened In any event, when he abandoned the post to Steve, his daughter, age unstated but probably mid 20 s, stayed behind She s befriended Steve, but his celibate state is having a hard time making peace with uncomplicated friendship If that wasn t enough, Steve stumbles across a group of men bulldozing nearby acreage in preparation for building something big When he stops to introduce himself and be downright nosy , he meets Reverend Paul Tomkins, Pentecostal preacher, and proud builder of a brand new very large and fancy church Concerned that his flock might prefer the flash and theatrics of the Pentecostals over his weekly Mass, he appeals for advice to his centurion ex nanny, Miss Rita Her idea Throw a large festival on the rectory grounds to bring the community together Vicky, the aforementioned daughter of a priest is roped in to help plan the festival And so the craziness leading up to the First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival beings Bottom line Be warned this offering, while humorous, is rife with an inordinately LARGE amount of cussing Also, while I understand the inclusion of a gay priest as a way to show crisis of faith, doubt, conflict, and ultimately growth and understanding, Wheaton is borderline over the top graphic with some of the scenesso be aware of that going in And one final gripe the ending felt artificial and predictable With that being said, the book is laugh out loud funny, and I enjoyed the glimpse Wheaton gave us into Cajun culture Given a rating of 3 stars or Good Recommended as a library checkout for those who like enjoyable Southern Fiction.Example quote Once a year, a reporter slash photographer from theDaily Worldwill trek out from Opelousas to take a picture of Lem going down a dirt road in his wagon And Lem, in excruciatingly broken English, will smile and tell the reporter how Lem s granddaddy made the wagon by hand and how he, Lem, lives in the woods and survives on the squirrel, rabbit, and catfish he kills or catches and whatever his wife grows in the backyard He always apologizes for his bad English cause we don t got much use for it back here I wonder why the paper doesn t just keep the story on file instead because it is a lie And not just a little lie To borrow an expression common to the area, it s adamnlie Lem prefers Popeyes fried chicken to squirrel and, from what I hear, will only eat squirrel if someone else kills, cleans, and cooks it for him His wife grows nothing in any yard, gardening being a tough hobby for a woman who s never existed in the first place Things I learned Here s a great link to an explanation of Zydeco music those like me who aren t Catholic, here s a link to an explanation of celibacy in the Church and whether the practice is here to stay ttps www.theguardian.com commentisfree 201And finally, Grand Prairie is fictional, but Opelousas is a very real place Here s a link to their website A fantastic book about life in a really small town in Louisiana where a Catholic priest is having a bit of a crisis It s not just the Altar girls yes, girls , the inane confessions, the neighboring Pentecostal church being built it s the boredom But this isn t a slow, dry, woe is me tale about a Priest There s cursing, sexual tension, and legitimate exploration of the issues a priest faces when he realizes the noble possibilities of saving people s souls don t really pan out Wheaton s go A fantastic book about life in a really small town in Louisiana where a Catholic priest is having a bit of a crisis It s not just the Altar girls yes, girls , the inane confessions, the neighboring Pentecostal church being built it s the boredom But this isn t a slow, dry, woe is me tale about a Priest There s cursing, sexual tension, and legitimate exploration of the issues a priest faces when he realizes the noble possibilities of saving people s souls don t really pan out Wheaton s got a great sense of humor and isn t afraid to fill his world with morally torn people both religious and otherwise I highly recommend this book