Dwelling Places

By Vinita Hampton Wright
(HarperOne, Paperback, 9780060859541, 352pp.)

Publication Date: April 2007

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Mack and Jodie have no idea how much their lives are going to change when they decide to give up farming. Mack is hospitalized with depression, Jodie finds herself tempted by the affections of another man, and their teenage children begin looking for answers outside the family—Kenzie turns to fundamentalist Christianity, and Taylor starts cavorting with Goths. Told in the unforgettable voices of each family member, this powerful story of family life reveals the stubborn resilience of love and how sometimes the very thing we're looking for has been waiting at home all along.

About the Author

Vinita Hampton Wright, a novelist and editor who conducts creative writing workshops at conferences and retreats around the country, is the author of the novella The Winter Seeking and the novels Velma Still Cooks in Leeway and Grace at Bender Springs, as well as numerous nonfiction titles.

Praise For Dwelling Places

“Wright’s scenes move along almost magically...Her feel for an Iowa farm town is achingly precise.
-Booklist (starred review)

“An affecting novel. . . both provocative and sage.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“A simple, graceful .... stunningly beautiful novel that is both true-to-life and, in its way, uplifting.”
-Chicago Sun-Times

“Few novelists are as wise and compassionate as Vinita Hampton Wright. Dwelling Places broke my heart and renewed my spirit.”
-Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone

“[A] story as rich and deep, as heartbreaking and as fruitful, as the heartland loam itself.”
-Tim Farrington, author of Lizzie's War and The Monk Downstairs

“There is no more skilled or sympathetic a raconteur of America’s heartland and America’s ordinary folk than Vinita Hampton Wright.”
-Phyllis Tickle, author of The Divine Hours

“In this extraordinarily well-observed, contemplative novel, Wright manages an astounding level of honesty and plenty of wry humor... ”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A captivating, heart-warming book.”
-Romantic Times BOOKclub

“An extraordinarily well-observed, contemplative novel…”
-Fort Wayne (IN) Journal Gazette

“A poignant story. A glimmer of grace.”
-Christian Science Monitor

“If you’re looking for complex characterizations, a satisfying read, and something to draw out tears, I highly recommend DWELLING PLACES.”
-Faithful Reader

“Dwelling Places will inevitably be compared to Jane Smiley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Thousand Acres.”
-Books & Culture

“Wright evokes a sense of place that will resonate with any reader who has ties to the Midwestern landscape.”
-Christianity Today

“Wright’s characters, as compelling in their strength as in their imperfection, move slowly toward secure and welcoming spaces…”
-Christian Century

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