Our Lady of the Forest
By David Guterson
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375726576, 336pp.)
Publication Date: July 27, 2004
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From David Guterson—bestselling author of Snow Falling on Cedars—comes this emotionally charged, provocative novel about what happens when a fifteen-year-old girl becomes an instrument of divine grace.
Ann Holmes is a fragile, pill-popping teenaged runaway who receives a visitation from the Virgin Mary one morning while picking mushrooms in the woods of North Fork, Washington. In the ensuing days the miracle recurs, and the declining logging town becomes the site of a pilgrimage of the faithful and desperate. As these people flock to Ann—and as Ann herself is drawn more deeply into what is either holiness or madness—Our Lady of the Forest—seamlessly splices the miraculous and the mundane.
“Outstanding….Our Lady of the Forest is surely one of this year’s best novels.”—The Plain Dealer
“An intense and affecting journey of faith, miracle and humanity.”—The Denver Post
“Like a latter-day Dostoyevsky, Guterson dips into the world of ordinary people….A disturbing novel that challenges us to consider the power and mystery of faith, and what role religious belief should play in an unjust world.”—Chicago Tribune
“Epic….Eccentric, accomplished….[Guterson is] writing with more humor than ever before.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A thoughtful…rumination on faith and human frailty.”—Entertainment Weekly