Picks and Pans Review: Sunday's Silence
Hardened by a childhood of abuse and abandonment, cynical foreign correspondent Adam Watkins comes to believe that man's biggest weakness is "the need to connect." But when he reads about the murder of his snake-handling preacher father, Little Sam Jenkins, he returns to Appalachia after 20 years, determined to unlock Little Sam's secrets. In the process he falls for the woman who may have killed his father.
Nahai's dreamlike story (set in the '70s) beguiles with its depiction of a world where worshippers drink strychnine to prove their faith. Home, we learn, still casts a powerful spell. (Harcourt, $24)
Bottom Line: Haunting Tennessee love story