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The Messenger of Magnolia Street

A Novel

River Jordan


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Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (1/3/2006)
Library Binding, Large Print, Large Print (12/1/2006)


Twelve years have passed since Nehemiah Trust left his hometown of Shibboleth, Alabama. Now a successful aide in Washington DC, Nehemiah is shocked when his brother Billy and high-school girlfriend Trice show up on his doorstep warning that something is stealing the life of what should be their idyllic hometown. Billy and Trice are convinced that only Nehemiah can help. As the three friends join together to save the place they call home, they learn the solution may require a willingness to sacrifice everything.

Praise For The Messenger of Magnolia Street: A Novel

“River Jordan had me at hello. This is wonderfully written, a dazzling debut.”
— Michael Lee West, author of Mad Girls in Love

“This is a book that inspires as well as it entertains -- and that is a rare achievement.”
— Terry Kay, author of To Dance with the White Dog

“[L]ike A Wrinkle in Time for grown-ups...a story filled with light.”
— Joshilyn Jackson, author of Gods in Alabama

“If Harper Lee and Dean Koontz joined their talents, they might come up with something as beautifully riveting as Messenger.”
— Eric Wilson, author of Expiration Date and Dark to Mortal Eyes

“This is a magical novel.”
— Lynne Hinton, author of Friendship Cake and The Arms of God

“[A] story full of southern dirt, courage, biscuits, faith, old trucks, old dogs, old friends - and love.”
— Lisa Tucker, author of The Song Reader

“Jordan has woven the mystery of redemption into the backdrop of the smalltown South…in the rich tradition of Flannery O’Connor.”
— —Janis Owens, author of My Brother Michael and The Schooling of Claybird Catts

“In the best tradition of Stephen King and Peter Straub, Jordan creates an eerily sinister landscape….”

“A beautifully written, atmospheric tale.”
Kirkus Reviews

“When a new year starts with a novel this good, it bodes well for the whole year....”
— Crossings Book Club

“A remarkable book. One is reminded of the film It’s a Wonderful Life.”
— Grand Rapids Press

“This is a tale of wonder … Immerse yourself in River Jordan’s wondrously redemptive tale.”
— Southern Living

“Jordan’s prose, dazzlingly sparse in places, conjures up the traditions of Flannery O’Connor, Harper Lee and Peter Straub….”
— Tampa Tribune

HarperOne, 9780060859572, 256pp.

Publication Date: March 27, 2007

About the Author

River Jordan is a storyteller of the southern variety and spent ten years as a playwright with the Loblolly Theatre group. She now teaches and speaks on "The Power of Story" around the country. She is currently completing a new work of fiction and a collection of essays.