An unforgettable tale of love, family secrets, and the hold of the past in a family of New England artists. Hewitt Pearce lives alone in his family home, producing custom ironwork and safeguarding a small collection of art his late father left behind. When Jessica, a troubled young vagabond, washes up in his backwoods one morning, Hewitt's hermetic existence is challenged. As he gradually uncovers Jessica's secrets and reestablishes contact with a woman he thought he had lost twenty years before, Hewitt must confront his own dark history and rediscover how much he craves human connection. Rendered in prose that "lustrous-rich in supple dialogue and finely patterned imagery," A Peculiar Grace is a remarkable achievement by one of our finest authors, an insightful portrait of family secrets, and a rich tapestry filled with characters who have learned to survive by giving shape to their losses (Booklist). "A transcendent story about the healing power of love and art . . . Magisterial." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Echoing the rhapsodic specificity and gravitas of Steinbeck and Kent Haruf, Lent has constructed a resolute tale of paradise lost and found." -Booklist (starred review) "Jeffrey Lent has quietly created some of the finest novels of our new century." -Ron Rash "Jeffrey Lent builds characters and their world like a painter layering his canvas, telling his story but substantiating it with color and light." -Tim Pears "Sentence by sentence rural New England comes alive, and Lent's language draws you in like a clear stream in summer." -Tim Gautreaux
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