Monday, December 12, 2011

Featured Book (4): The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield

The Details:

Title: The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
Author: Jenny Wingfield
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Random House
Format: Finished Copy from Publisher

Description from Publisher Website:

Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at “the old home place,” a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. And every year, Samuel Lake, a vibrant and committed young preacher, brings his beloved wife, Willadee Moses, and their three children back for the festivities. The children embrace the reunion as a welcome escape from the prying eyes of their father’s congregation; for Willadee it’s a precious opportunity to spend time with her mother and father, Calla and John. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core: John’s untimely death and, soon after, the loss of Samuel’s parish, which set the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change.

In the midst of it all, Samuel and Willadee’s outspoken eleven-year-old daughter, Swan, is a bright light. Her high spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled three generations of the family. But it is Blade Ballenger, a traumatized eight-year-old neighbor, who soon captures Swan’s undivided attention. Full of righteous anger, and innocent of the peril facing her and those she loves, Swan makes it her mission to keep the boy safe from his terrifying father.

With characters who spring to life as vividly as if they were members of one’s own family, and with the clear-eyed wisdom that illuminates the most tragic—and triumphant—aspects of human nature, Jenny Wingfield emerges as one of the most vital, engaging storytellers writing today. In The Homecoming of Samuel Lake she has created a memorable and lasting work of fiction.

Why I want to read it:
This book came to my attention right around the time I was reading The Help. I don't know if The Help would be considered Southern Fiction but the setting was the South and I liked that. I thought I would enjoy another book set in and around the south. I've read some favorable reviews from some of my favorite bloggers. I've included one below for you to take a peak at. This book was in consideration for one of our book club choices over the fall. I am hoping maybe come spring, we will decide on it and read it. If not, I will read it in time. Thanks to Tom at Random House for sending this to me to consider for review.

Fellow Blogger Reviews:

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Audra said...

I so enjoyed this book -- once I started I couldn't stop!

StephTheBookworm said...

I JUST got this from the library last week. :D Don't know when I'll get around to reading it though.