Our Lady of the Forest

Our Lady of the Forest

[a Novel]

Book - 2003
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From the best-selling author ofSnow Falling on Cedars--an emotionally charged, provocative new novel about a teenage girl who claims to see the Virgin Mary. Ann Holmes seems an unlikely candidate for revelation. A sixteen-year-old runaway, she is an itinerant mushroom picker who lives in a tent. But on a November afternoon, in the foggy woods of North Fork, Washington, the Virgin comes to her, clear as day. Father Collins--a young priest new to North Fork--finds Ann disturbingly alluring. But it is up to him to evaluate--impartially--the veracity of Ann's sightings: Are they delusions, or a true calling to God? As word spreads and thousands, including the press, converge upon the town, Carolyn Greer, a smart-talking fellow mushroomer, becomes Ann's disciple of sorts, as well as her impromptu publicity manager. And Tom Cross, an embittered logger who's been out of work since his son was paralyzed in a terrible accident, finds in Ann's visions a last chance for redemption for both himself and his son. As Father Collins searches his own soul and Ann's, as Carolyn struggles with her less than admirable intentions, as Tom alternates between despair and hope,Our Lady of the Foresttells a suspenseful, often wryly humorous, and deeply involving story of faith at a contemporary crossroads.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2003.
ISBN: 9780375412110
Branch Call Number: FICTION GUT


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reissja Aug 21, 2014

What a superb legend Guterson has created here. As earthy and realistic as it is, this novel "rocks" in ghostlier ways. I read it more than 10 years ago in fogbound northern California, as close as I could get to this book's sunless stomping grounds. By now an avid Guterson fan, I'm ready to reread it. Try it, you'll like it!

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