“Environmental activist Diane Wilson vividly, honestly, and compassionately portrays the world of her childhood, which was peopled with Texas Gulf Coast shrimpers; Holy Rolling Pentecostals; sketchy game wardens; and Brother Dynamite, an ex-con turned charismatic snake handler. Funny, fascinating, and compelling.”
— Melba Major, Square Books, Oxford, MS
In this rollicking memoir, Diane Wilson--a Texas Gulf Coast shrimper and the author of the highly acclaimed An Unreasonable Woman--takes readers back to her childhood in rural Texas and into her family of Holy Rollers. By night at tent revivals, Wilson gets religion from Brother Dynamite, an ex-con who finds Jesus in a baloney sandwich and handles masses of squirming poisonous snakes under the protection of the Holy Ghost. By day, Wilson scratches secret messages to Jesus into the paint on her windowsill and lies down in the middle of the road to see how long she can sleep in between passing trucks.
Holy Roller is a fast-paced, hilarious, sometimes shocking experience readers won't soon forget. It is the prequel to Wilson's first book, telling the story of the Texas childhood of a fierce little girl who will grow up to become An Unreasonable Woman, take on Big Industry, and win. One of the best Southern writers of her generation, Wilson's voice twangs with a style and accent all its own, as true and individual as her boundless originality and wild youth.