By Angela Davis-Gardner
(Dial Press Trade Paperback, Paperback, 9780385340960, 352pp.)
Publication Date: October 30, 2007
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In a remote convent school in Nova Scotia, an aging nun has a miraculous vision; a mute, injured man washes up on the nearby shore; and a group of girls is busily creating a reckless drama of excitements real and imagined. Here, amid the vows and rituals of Lent, a young girl named Felice has been sent after the death of her parents, poised somewhere between childhood, womanhood, and sainthood. A tragic death, a shocking revelation, and a baffling disappearance will set Felice on a staggering passage to self-discovery—armed with miracles that are uniquely her own.
Angela Davis-Gardner spent a year in Japan as a visiting professor at Tokyo’s Tsuda College, which inspired her acclaimed novel Plum Wine, as well as her latest novel, Butterfly's Child. She is also the author of Felice and Forms of Shelter. An Alumni Distinguished Professor Emerita at North Carolina State University, she lives in Raleigh.
“Surely a spinning wheel—not a typewriter—turned out this shimmering story….You will not have loved a young girl so much since Johanna Spyri’s Heidi.” —Charlotte Observer
“Few novels glow with such warmth and delicate grace….Felice is a modest miracle of goodly feelings.” —Kansas City Star
“Style and craft are alive and well and in this book, a novel that uplifts, praises and illuminates the human spirit….Felice is the work of a writer who is in touch with the human heart.” —Raleigh News and Observer
“A warmly intimate, funny first novel…Charming…and Sister A. is a pip!” —Kirkus Reviews