A Peculiar Grace by Jeffrey Lent audiobook

A Peculiar Grace: A Novel

By Jeffrey Lent
Read by Todd McLaren

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200139934

  • ISBN: 9798200139927

  • ISBN: 9798200139941

Runtime: 13.65 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Jeffrey Lent's previous novels have earned him comparisons to Cormac McCarthy, Pat Conroy, and William Faulkner, and his book In the Fall was hailed as one of the best of the year by the Christian Science Monitor and the New York Times. In A Peculiar Grace, Lent has delivered a book that takes his oeuvre in a new direction, a brilliant portrait of love, destruction, and rebirth in modern-day Vermont. Hewitt Pearce is a forty-three-year-old blacksmith who 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, shows up in his backwoods one morning fleeing her demons, Hewitt's previously hermetic existence is suddenly challenged—more so when he learns that Emily, the love of his life whom he'd lost twenty years before, has been unexpectedly widowed. As he gradually uncovers the secrets of Jessica's past, and tries to win Emily's trust again, Hewitt must confront his own dark history and his family's, and rediscover how much he's craved human connection. The more he reflects on the heartbreaking losses that nearly destroyed both him and his father, however, the more Hewitt realizes that his art may offer a deliverance that no love or faith can. Set in the art scene of postwar New York, a commune in the early seventies, and contemporary small-town New England, A Peculiar Grace recalls Kent Haruf and Wallace Stegner. It's a remarkable achievement by one of our finest authors and an insightful portrait of family secrets, with an unforgettable cast of characters who have learned to survive by giving shape to their losses.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Vital characters, convincing psychology, and finely articulated spiritual musings…. Lent's prose is lustrous---rich in supple dialogue and finely patterned imagery. Booklist Starred Review
“Family-fracturing secrets are at the heart of Lent’s luminous third novel, a transcendent story about the healing power of love and art…This sympathetic depiction of a decent man wrestling with his demons while deciding whether to revive an old love or open himself to a new lover is less visceral than Lent’s astonishing debut, In the Fall, and less gritty than his second novel, Lost Nation, but it’s no less magisterial and every bit as beautifully written.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Lent has forged a many-faceted plot, vital characters, convincing psychology, and finely articulated spiritual musings…Lent’s prose is lustrous—rich in supple dialogue and finely patterned imagery. 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)

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Author

Author Bio: Jeffrey Lent

Author Bio: Jeffrey Lent

Jeffrey Lent is the author of the award-winning novels In the Fall and Lost Nation.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 13.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English