The older Owen siblings--Ellen and Morris--long ago left behind their gracious family home in Alabama in favor of the northeast. But when they learn that their wayward baby sister Bonnie has moved back into the old place with her new husband, a local evangelical preacher, they head home to perform a rescue.Read more...
The older Owen siblings--Ellen and Morris--long ago left behind their gracious family home in Alabama in favor of the northeast. But when they learn that their wayward baby sister Bonnie has moved back into the old place with her new husband, a local evangelical preacher, they head home to perform a rescue. Upon their arrival, they find Bonnie reformed, and pregnant. But she hasn't yet broken the news to her husband that her brother Morris is gay, and the preacher soon begins a campaign to rescue him.
With tremendous insight and empathy, Dennis McFarland "turns a comic showdown between New England skeptics and Bible Belt fundamentalists into an eloquent mediation on the many meanings of faith" ("The Washington Post").
Letter from Point Clear
This new novel from one of the leading voices in contemporary fiction is a tense family drama with more than a few unexpected twists. Siblings Ellen and Morris Owen are comfortably settled in New England when they learn about the recent wedding of their reckless younger sister, Bonnie. A former drug user and would-be actress, Bonnie has married an unlikely candidate: a minister named Pastor Vandorpe. Bonnie and Pastor have settled in Alabama, taking over the Owen family mansion on the coast. Concerned about Bonnie because of her troubled past, Morris and Ellen pay a call on the newlyweds only to discover that their sister is stable, content and very pregnant. As it turns out, Bonnie's husband is the one who stirs up trouble. When he discovers that his brother-in-law is gaya fact that Bonnie hasn't yet shared with himPastor takes it upon himself to try and reform Morris, a mission that has a near-disastrous effect upon his new marriage. Characterized by carefully sculpted sentences and pitch-perfect dialogue, this vivid portrait of a family with Southern roots struggling to come to terms with itself is a complex, rewarding work. Author of the acclaimed novels The Music Room and Singing Boy, McFarland is a skilled novelist who deserves a wide readership.
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