Samuel Lake, a preacher who’s lost his pulpit due to speaking the truth, moves to the farm where his wife’s family is grieving a loss that should cause them to question themselves but seems only to make them want to preserve the past. Daughter Swan finds Blade, a neighbor boy who needs her help, as she avoids Blade’s “Old Testament” evil father. The sins of the fathers of both families hover over the action like a smothering fog that threatens an evil storm. If you like action, this book has it with rape, suicide, wife beatings, adultery, murder and even kitten killing.
Summing it Up: Read this if you like good-old Southern charm, engaging children and evil characters who get what’s coming to them. Skip it if you prefer more literary fiction.
Rating: 3 stars
Category: Fiction, Grits and Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Publication date: July 12, 2011
Read an excerpt: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/196784/the-homecoming-of-samuel-lake-by-jenny-wingfield/9780385344081/#excerpt
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