Homecoming of Samuel Lake

By Jenny Wingfield
(HarperCollins Publishers, Paperback, 9780007352579)

Publication Date: March 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '12 Reading Group List
“Wingfield has the storyteller's gift, and writes her debut tale of preacher-without-a-church Samuel Lake and his family with the assurance of a seasoned author. After the death of his father-in-law, John, Samuel moves his wife, Willadee, and their three children into his mother-in-law's house in rural Arkansas. John used to run Never Closes -- a bar that stayed open all night -- from the back porch of his house. Calla, his wife, runs Moses -- a convenience store that is open all day -- from the front porch. Inside the house between those two porches, an extraordinary family lives a life complete with love, lust, heartbreak, heroics, and miracles. A perfect book for book groups.”
-- Jill Miner, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2011 Indie Next List


Description
"Raw, dark, and powerful . . . Southern Gothic at its best. "The Homecoming of Samuel Lake" puts one in mind of Erskine Caldwell and Flannery O'Connor."--Fannie Flagg
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Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at 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. 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 just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core and setting the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change.
With the clear-eyed wisdom that illuminates the most tragic--and triumphant--aspects of human nature, Jenny Wingfield has created an enduring work of fiction.
"Jenny Wingfield has given us a spectacular novel that] will make you laugh out loud one minute, hold your breath the next, and weep when you least expect it."--Dorothea Benton Frank, author of "Folly Beach"
" This novel] touches on many genres--family life, Christian fiction, coming-of-age, and suspense. . . . Readers will love it."--"Library Journal" (starred review)
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"Wingfield hooks the reader with her opening sentence. . . . The reader is thoroughly caught up in the family saga.""--Abilene Reporter-News"
"A lovely debut . . . a bittersweet, inspirational tale."--"The Dallas Morning News"
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