In her luminous and long-awaited new novel, bestselling author Elizabeth Strout welcomes readers back to northern New England in the late 1950s. Tyler Caskey has come to love West Annett. The short, brilliant summers and the sharp, piercing winters fill him with awe-as does his congregation, full of good people who seek his guidance and listen earnestly as he preaches. But after suffering a terrible loss, Tyler finds it hard to return to himself as he once was and his congregation begins to question his leadership and propriety. In prose clear and saturated with feeling, Elizabeth Strout draws readers into the details of ordinary life in a way that makes it extraordinary. All is considered-life, love, God, and community, and all is made new by this writer's boundless compassion and graceful prose.
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"A satisfying reading by Bernadette Dunne brings warmth and charm to Elizabeth Strout's uplifting look at one man's struggle with grief. When his wife dies after a lengthy illness, Tyler Caskey, minister to a congregation in West Arnett, Maine, finds himself barely coping. His daughter is out of control at school, and his congregation begins to question his ability to lead. Bernadette Dunne's performance populates the town with people as real as anyone's next-door neighbors. She develops Tyler as a man whose life and belief system at first offer him insufficient solace. As he begins to realize that comfort only comes of helping others, Dunne elevates his awareness to something more than a faith-based clichŽ. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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