Cover image for Pew
Title:
Pew
ISBN:
9780374230920
Physical Description:
207 pages ; 20 cm
Abstract:
"A human-like creature emerges in a small town and sends the citizens into a frenzy"-- Provided by publisher.

In a small unnamed town in the American South, a church congregation arrives to a service and finds a figure asleep on a pew. The person is genderless, racially ambiguous, and refuses to speak. One family takes the strange visitor in and nicknames them Pew. As the town spends the week preparing for a mysterious Forgiveness Festival, Pew is shuttled from one household to the next. The earnest and seemingly well-meaning townspeople see conflicting identities in Pew, and many confess their fears and secrets to them in one-sided conversations. Pew listens and observes while experiencing brief flashes of past lives or clues about their origins. As days pass, the void around Pew’s presence begins to unnerve the community, whose generosity erodes into menace and suspicion. Yet by the time Pew’s story reaches a shattering and unsettling climax at the Forgiveness Festival, the secret of their true nature—as a devil or an angel or something else entirely—is dwarfed by even larger truths.
Format:
Book
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.