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When Charlie Wiggins, a thirty-five-year-old car salesman, is given the power of God for one year, he sets out to put the world to rights, but he soon discovers that even omnipotence has its limitations
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Robert Bausch is the author of six novels and one collection of short stories. Born in Fort Benning, Georgia, he has taught literature and creative writing at the American University, the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia, Northern Virginia Community College, and elsewhere. He has been awarded the fellowship of Southern Writers Award for fiction.From Publishers Weekly:
In a divine conceit, Bausch's hero, Goodman Charles Wiggins, a Dodge salesman in southern Illinois, learns from an angel named Chet that for one year he will have God's powers. How Charlie deals with this gift and if, indeed, it's enough to bring him happiness, is the burden of this darkly comic tale; as Chet points out, "You have God's power but not his wisdom." A family man with two young daughters, Charlie is bothered by the growing disaffection of his wife Dorothy, who has returned to school and thrown herself into life as a student. Practicing his powers at work, he sets up a hilarious progression of events between his boss and the dealership secretary; problems come closer to home when he mistakenly causes Dorothy's parents' house to burn down and they must move in with him. His efforts to help himself and others initiate disastrous climatic changes, lead to the deaths of a few people, one of whom he restores to life, and, in the end, are neither help nor hindrance in his relationship with Dorothy, whom he wants to love him on her own, not because he, with his power, compels her. Although the plot occasionally gets slightly out of hand, Bausch ( The Lives of Riley Chance ) creates characters who, in an incredible situation, remain believable, consistent and worth caring about. Part fable, fairy tale and fantasy, the story of Charlie Wiggins and his dilemma will amuse and entertain less empowered readers. Film rights to Disney Studio's Hollywood Pictures.
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