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The Grace That Keeps This World
by Tom Bailey

Overview - Gary and Susan Hazen--high school sweethearts married for many years, born and bred in the Adirondack community of Lost Lake--live a simple and honest life and have instilled values in their two grown sons by example. But despite their efforts, Gary senses that his sons are starting to pull away and can't help but feel he is at fault.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Gary and Susan Hazen--high school sweethearts married for many years, born and bred in the Adirondack community of Lost Lake--live a simple and honest life and have instilled values in their two grown sons by example. But despite their efforts, Gary senses that his sons are starting to pull away and can't help but feel he is at fault. His younger son, Kevin, has ambitions that extend far beyond the snowy edges of their small town. And his elder, Gary David, so fears disappointing his father that he is keeping an important part of his life secret.
"The Grace That Keeps This World "is a story about family, community, and the shared values that underlie and sustain human relationships. And ultimately, it is a tale of profound loss, human fallibility, and the love--romantic, neighborly, or familial--that can sometimes blur our line of vision.

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Includes a new essay by the author and a preview chapter of his forthcoming novel, "Cotton Song."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780307238023
  • ISBN-10: 0307238024
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)
  • Publish Date: July 2006
  • Page Count: 303


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The Grace That Keeps This World

Bailey follows Crow Man, his well-received short story collection, with an impressive first novel. Set in Lost Lake, New York, a gritty Adirondack town, the book tells the story of Gary and Susan Hazen and the tragedy that befalls their family one fateful winter. A self-sustaining clan, the Hazens grow their own food and hunt regularly, and Gary—an experienced outdoorsman—takes it for granted that his sons will follow in his footsteps and maintain this traditional way of life. Strong-willed, stubborn and unrelentingly independent, he is hard on his sons, 19-year-old Kevin, who is a college student, and 26-year-old Gary David, who is still living at home. When the two young men fall prey to outside influences, serious friction results between them and their father. Kevin has a pregnant girlfriend, who, as a vegetarian, is opposed to hunting. Kevin's loyalty to her brings events to a dramatic head, when hunting season opens and he refuses to participate. This tense story is recounted by members of the Hazen family and by the residents of Lost Lake—a narrative technique that provides the reader with a wealth of perspectives on the tragic events that ensue.

A reading group guide is included in the book.

 
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