22 July 2006

christian fiction

I was looking at a Christian fiction catalogue today and it struck me that there is almost no current Christian fiction out there that is set in a contemporary urban context.

The vast majority of it is either historical fiction or set in a rural or small town context. Even more mainstream books such as Jan Karon's Mitford series, Marilynne Robinson's Gilead, and Leif Enger's Peace Like a River are set against the backdrop of small town, rural America.

Heck, with the exception of a couple of Bret Lott's novels, I can't even think of any books that are set in contemporary suburbia.

Yet most Americans live in large urban centers or their suburban sprawl.

So what's up with that? Among contemporary Christian authors are there notable exceptions to my observations? Any suggestions as to why there is this trend in contemporary Christian literature?