Episcopal Writer and Theologian Greg Garrett Publishes New Novel, Bastille Day

Paraclete Press
Posted Apr 4, 2023

Critically-acclaimed Episcopal writer Greg Garrett takes readers on an international exploration of the human heart in Bastille Day

Raven Fiction presents Greg Garrett’s Bastille Day: A Novel (Trade Paper: ISBN 978-1-64060-751-4 | April 4, 2023 | 272 pp | $19.99). Veteran TV journalist Calvin Jones travels to Paris, where he negotiates love, friendship, despair and faith in award-winning novelist Greg Garrett’s Bastille Day.

Episcopal writer and Canon Professor Greg Garrett publishes his fifth literary novel, Bastille Day, on April 4, 2023. The book is one of the first releases from Raven Fiction, a new imprint of Paraclete Press, and it debuted on Amazon (U.S.) as the top-selling new book of contemporary Christian fiction. Dr. Garrett is the author of almost thirty books, including a collection of conversations with Rowan Williams and several lead trade titles for Oxford University Press. His previous novels include Free Bird (2002), selected as a Publishers Weekly First Fiction honoree, and The Prodigal (2013) with Brennan Manning, which has been translated into Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, and German editions.

Greg Garrett (Photo: Rick Patrick)

Dr. Garrett spends part of each year at the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris, France, where he serves as Canon Theologian. The Cathedral is a major setting for Bastille Day, whose characters include a fictional Cathedral Dean, Canon Pastor, and vestry, while the climax of the novel revolves around worship at the Cathedral on the National Day of Mourning following the Nice terror attack on Bastille Day 2016.

“The novel explores some of the same issues of faith, prejudice, violence, and doubt I deal with in my nonfiction books,” Professor Garrett said, “but through the eyes of characters who are trying to come to some answers. Much of it was written during my visits to the Cathedral, and I am so grateful for the support and encouragement of the American Cathedral’s leadership and its congregation. I’m also so grateful to be a writer in a denomination of readers!”

Garrett received his M.Div. (2007) from the Seminary of the Southwest, and is a frequent speaker on race, religion, and culture across the Episcopal Church. He has appeared at Washington National Cathedral and Trinity Wall Street, and in the Dioceses of Mississippi, Central Gulf Coast, Western Tennessee, Long Island, Western Louisiana, and Olympia. He is the Carole McDaniel Hanks Endowed Professor of Literature and Culture at Baylor University, and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Jeanie and their daughters Lily and Sophia. Their home church is St. David’s in downtown Austin.

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