By Leif Peterson
(WaterBrook Press, Paperback, 9781578568949, 336pp.)
Publication Date: September 20, 2005
Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc
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Thomas’s carefully built life has been shattered. Everywhere he turns, he finds tragedy. After being left at the altar, he retreats to a remote castle in the mountains of Northwest Montana to live with an old college friend dying of lupus. But their painfully peaceful seclusion is ripped apart by the news that Thomas’s brother, an Episcopal priest, has killed himself–and his sister-in-law is abandoning her seven-year-old daughter, Catherine, into Thomas’s care.
After her unexpected arrival into this grim corner of the world, Catherine slowly breaches the isolation and penetrates the self-absorption. Like the prayer wheel on the wall of a nearby convent, Catherine gently but surely pulls the various dying people around her into the robust company of the loving and living.
Catherine Wheels is a lyrical novel of hope and redemption, the honest story of men and women who have had all the zest for life knocked out of them–damaged souls who are slowly brought back to health by a little girl who knows something the rest of them either never knew or had forgotten: something about prayer, love, and sacrifice.
Leif Peterson earned a BA in literature from Whitworth College and an MA in literature from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He was the publisher/editor of a literary magazine and fiction editor for Mars Hill Review. He lives with his wife and children in Northwest Montana where he raises pheasants and writes full time. This is his first novel.