The Beauty of Ordinary Things (Paperback)

By Harriet Scott Chessman

Atelier26 Books, 9780989302319, 144pp.

Publication Date: November 12, 2013

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Back from a tour of duty in Vietnam, Benny Finn strives to find his bearings amid the everyday life of 1973 New England. At a Benedictine Abbey in rural New Hampshire, Sister Clare, a young novice, confronts the day-to-day realities of a cloistered existence. Linking the stories of Benny and Sister Clare is Isabel Howell, a college student soon to discover that she must chart the course of her own life in a way she could not have imagined. Deeply felt and often luminously moving, this powerful story reveals a writer richly aware of the range of human tragedy and tenderness.

About the Author

Harriet Scott Chessman is a teacher and a librettist. Her fiction has been translated into ten languages, and has been featured in publications such as" The Christian Science Monitor," " The New York Times," and "The San Francisco Chronicle." She is the author of" ""Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper," "Ohio Angels," and "Someone Not Really Her Mother." She lives in Branford, Connecticut.