A Gracious Plenty
By Sheri Reynolds
(Three Rivers Press, Paperback, 9780609803875, 224pp.)
Publication Date: March 16, 1999
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Badly burned in a household accident when she was a child, Finch Nobles grows into a courageous and feisty loner who eschews the pity of her hometown and discovers that she can hear the voices of the people buried in her father's cemetery. Finally, when she speaks to them, they answer, telling their stories in a remarkable chorus of regrets, expla-nations, and insights. A Gracious Plenty is like an extraordinary amalgam of Steinbeck and Faulkner, Spoon River Anthology and Our Town. It is a reading experience that you will not soon forget.
Sheri Reynolds teaches at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Her previous novels are Bitteroot Landing and The Rapture of Canaan.
"Reynolds is a wonderful storyteller and master of pastoral Imagery."
--New York Times Book Review
"Mesmerizing . . . Reynolds's earthly insights make for a redemptive finale--but not before some satisfying storms of retribution."
"A Gracious Plenty is a triumph of story, voice, and character. The afflicted and unforgettable Finch, whose longings inspire in equal measure love and awe and pity who seeks to understand the difference between the kind of suffering brought upon us and the kind we bring upon ourselves, defies mortality. Stunning and authentic . . . this is a beautiful book."
--Janet Peery, Author of The River Beyond
"--an imaginative tour de force--. Pushing beyond the boundaries of her earlier work, Ms. Reynolds has created a life-affirming novel that gathers the joy and pain of. living into a celebration of what it means to be
--Richmond Times Dispatch