Doris Betts teaches English at the University of North Carolina. Her most recent novel is The Sharp Teeth of Love. She was the 1998 winner of the Presbyterian Writer Award.This article appeared in The Christian Century, October 21, 1998, pp. 966-967. Copyright by The Christian Century Foundation; used by permission. Current articles and subscription information can be found at www.christiancentury.org. This article prepared for Religion Online by Ted & Winnie Brock.