Announcing "Bait" - A New Novel About Family and Faith, Sin and Salvation

From: Bait - A Novel
Published: Tue May 31 2005

BOSTON, MA: Danny Madigan is an evangelical, fundamentalist Christian reluctantly confirmed bachelor from Pennsylvania Dutch country. His sister, JD (or "Jax"), is a lesbian feminist living in Center City Philadelphia. They don't have much in common, but as they approach mid-life, they're still as close as when they were kids. Danny can overlook his differences with Jax's lifestyle choices, and his sister can overlook his mainstream privilege. After all, they're family.

But when Danny introduces his girlfriend, Jenn, to Jax, their straightforward relationship turns complicated. Jenn is beautiful, articulate, charming... everything Danny looks for in a mate. And Jax feels the same way. Suddenly, after steering clear of her parents' house for over a decade, Danny's enticing girlfriend gives Jax a reason to return to the family fold for Sunday dinner.

As the whole Madigan family comes together for the first time in years, long-buried tensions re-surface between the radical Jax, and her conservative parents and siblings. The Madigan family hasn't given up hope that Jax can still turn her life around and re-commit herself to a life pleasing to the Lord, and Jenn tries to help them get through to their prodigal daughter. But as Danny takes every opportunity to bring his girlfriend and sister together, Jax finds herself irresistibly drawn to this attractive newcomer in ways she knows are verboten.

What's more, the outsider Jenn is hiding secrets (past and present) which could jeopardize everything that Danny has hoped and worked for, over long, long years of seeking a suitable mate. Many assumptions held dearly by sister and brother, fall by the wayside, and the glaring differences between family members become all the more apparent as they ride a roller coaster of love and loyalty and broken promises. Each one in the conflicted Madigan family must decide how they will relate to one another, while staying true to their faith, their conscience, and their integrity. Weighing questions of sin and redemption... loyalty, love and sibling rivalry... secrets and salvation... each member of the family must decide how far they will go, to save each other's souls.

"Bait" (published May, 2005) can be purchased online at The Bait website provides the first chapter for review, and other related information. The author is available for print interviews. Book reviewers should contact the publisher at to request a review copy. Please indicate the publication for which Bait is being reviewed.

"Bait" - A Novel by Loren Stone
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