Lay It on My Heart

By Angela Pneuman
(Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780151012589, 269pp.)

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

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It's summer in Kentucky, the low ceiling of August pressing down on Charmaine Peake and the town of East Winder. Charmaine and her mother get along better with a room between them, but they've been forced by circumstances to relocate to a tiny trailer by the river. The last of a line of local holy men, Charmaine's father has turned from prophet to patient, his revelation lost in the clarifying haze of medication. Her sure-minded grandmother has suffered a stroke. At church, where she has always felt most certain, Charmaine is tested when she uncovers that her archrival, a sanctimonious missionary kid, carries a dark, confusing secret. Suddenly her life can be sorted into what she wishes she knew and what she wishes she didn't.
A moving, hilarious portrait of mothers and daughters, "Lay It on My Heart" brings us into the heart of a family weathering the toughest patch of their lives. But most of all, it marks out the seemingly unbearable realities of growing up, the strength that comes from finding real friendship, and the power of discovering--and accepting--who you are.




About the Author
ANGELA PNEUMAN, raised in Kentucky, is a formerStegner Fellow and teaches fiction writingat Stanford University. Her work has been included in The Best American Short Stories, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere.Her widely praised storycollection, Home Remedies, was hailed as call[ing] to mind Alice Munro by the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in Chicagoand in the Bay Area of California.
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