Having justly earned her reputation as a master storyteller, Lee Smith's name evokes images of authentic country folk struggling through some of life's most arduous tests. Saving Grace adds a stunning spiritual dimension. The daughter of a snake-handling preacher who ignores the needs of his destitute family, Florida Grace doesn't think much of Jesus. He's the reason she's lived in squalor most of her life. He certainly doesn't keep her womanizing zealot of a father on the straight and narrow. In fact, Jesus hasn't been there for her through her failed marriage, or the death of her son. But in one shining moment everything changes when He calls out to her, and she returns to her roots to heed His call. Narrator Christina Moore gives perfect voice to the vulnerability and wisdom of a young woman on a turbulent spiritual journey. The endearing heroine and the poetic language present a quandary: you want to savor this book a chapter at a time, but you can't put it down.
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"Southern writer Lee Smith has created a range of memorable, eccentric, and often touching characters, whom Christina Moore manages to distinguish deftly, if without thespian fireworks. The story's narrator, Florida Grace, is the daughter of a snake-handling fundamentalist preacher who turns out to be a kind of snake himself. Grace survives her often harrowing childhood through pluck and a lot of serendipity, to learn as an adult that a life of returning kindness with kindness is harder than it looks. Moore's voice is light and warm and young, wholly appropriate for Grace. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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