The House of Gentle Men
By Kathy Hepinstall
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780380809363, 352pp.)
Publication Date: February 2001
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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In a year of war, sixteen-year-old Charlotte sets off on a mission of love in the backwoods of Louisiana, only to be violated by three soldiers in a lonely section of the forest. Charlotte's young life is destroyed, but another life is growing inside her. Years later, in peacetime, Charlotte comes to House of Gentle Men, a mysterious sanctuary where sad, damaged women are administered to by haunted men wishing to atone for their past crimes. Here, Charolotte falls in love with one of the Gentle Men, a tormented young soldier with a terrible secret of his own.
An artistic triumph of the highest order, this debut is a transcendent tale of salvation that celebrates the strength of the heart.
Kathy Hepinstall was born in Odessa, Texas, and spent a large part of her childhood two hours from the Louisiana border, where most of her relatives reside. She lives in Austin, Texas. The House of Gentle Men is her first novel.