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Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good
by Jan Karon

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"Karon knits Mitford's small-town characters and multiple story lines into a cozy sweater of a book.... Somewhere Safe hits the sweet spot at the intersection of your heart and your funny bone. 4/4 stars" — USA Today

"Welcome home, Mitford fans...to Karon's gift for illuminating the struggles that creep into everyday lives—along with a vividly imagined world." —People

"The faster and more impersonal the world becomes, the more we need...Mitford."— Cleveland Plain Dealer

After five hectic years of retirement from Lord’s Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors.
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Overview

"Karon knits Mitford's small-town characters and multiple story lines into a cozy sweater of a book.... Somewhere Safe hits the sweet spot at the intersection of your heart and your funny bone. 4/4 stars" — USA Today

"Welcome home, Mitford fans...to Karon's gift for illuminating the struggles that creep into everyday lives—along with a vividly imagined world." —People

"The faster and more impersonal the world becomes, the more we need...Mitford."— Cleveland Plain Dealer

After five hectic years of retirement from Lord’s Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors.

While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he’s offered one, he decides he doesn’t want it. Maybe he’s lost his passion.

His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion—for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner, and his vision to become a successful country vet. Dooley’s brother, Sammy, still enraged by his mother’s abandonment, destroys one of Father Tim’s prized possessions. And Hope Murphy, owner of Happy Endings bookstore, struggles with the potential loss of her unborn child and her hard-won business.

All this as Wanda’s Feel Good Café opens, a romance catches fire through an Internet word game, their former mayor hatches a reelection campaign to throw the bums out, and the weekly Muse poses a probing inquiry: Does Mitford still take care of its own?

Millions of fans will applaud the chance to spend time, once more, in the often comic and utterly human presence of Jan Karon’s characters. Indeed, they have never been more sympathetic, bighearted, and engaging.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780399167447
  • ISBN-10: 0399167447
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 528

Series: Mitford Years #1

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Books > Fiction > Family Life
Books > Fiction > Christian - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-08-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Fans of the Mitford novels, rejoice: Father Tim Kavanagh is back in town, after sojourns to Mississippi and Ireland with his wife Cynthia. Father Tim is wrestling with the existential challenge of retirement and siren calls of various duties. He settles on filling in part-time at the bookstore while owner Hope Murphy is on bed rest during her imperiled pregnancy. A host of subplots are braided together, from the rebellion of Sammy, little brother of Tim's adopted son Dooley, to the romantic prospects of Fancy Skinner's sister Shirlene, new in town. It's a wonderful stew of small town characters, who will confuse new readers and those with bad memories, and details, some of which are funny and some of which need more milking. The ending, which takes place at Christmas, is too emotionally prepackaged and drags out a long book. Fans should debate whether Father Tim has to cry as much as he does, but like him, they will welcome the return to Mitford with its quirky citizens. Agent: Liz Darhansoff, Darhansoff & Verrill. (Oct.)

 
BookPage Reviews

At home with Father Tim

Millions of readers have lived, laughed and loved alongside the residents of Mitford since the 1990s. After a five-year absence, Jan Karon brings back Father Tim and Cynthia in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good.

Many readers regard Cynthia and Father Tim as friends or even family after all these years. What is it like to write about these characters for so long?
It’s like growing up, changing, living through different passages in life. They change, the author changes. Or is that vice versa? And I do love my characters in an oddly intimate and authentic way.

You say in an author’s note that the title of this book “expresses in just five words what we all long for.” Could you talk a little more about its significance?
Somewhere safe. I want to be there, don’t you? With somebody good. Absolutely. These two components make up a satisfying whole. The line comes from a love letter Cynthia writes to Father Tim on their ninth anniversary and which expresses her life’s desire.

In the new book, Father Tim is, in his own words, “trying to hammer out what retirement is for.” What do you think it means for a man to give up a vocation like Tim’s?
Well, of course, he doesn’t give it up entirely, he has “supplied” as they say, numerous pulpits. He greatly loved the focus of a single pulpit, a single flock. It is how he is wired, he cannot resist. His calling to help others serves to build the kingdom and—this is key—to help himself.

Small-town life is a recurring element in American fiction. Other than Mitford, what do you think is the best small town in literature?
Lake Wobegon is a charm.

Do you think about readers and their reactions when you write?
Always. When I am laughing my head off with a scene I am writing, I’m hoping my readers will find it as funny. I really do wish to make people laugh. It is such a simple gift to extend. Also, will my tears be theirs?  

Faith is important to your stories, but it never overwhelms them. How do you incorporate Christianity without making it feel didactic?
If it is didactic, it is not Christianity. Many are scared to death of faith and perhaps especially the Christian faith, which is radical, dangerous and exhausting. But of course it is also joyful, healing and transforming. A lot to chew, this Christianity, it is not for sissies.

What is your favorite simple pleasure?
Umm. Ice cream? Salted caramel? Talking with people who are not afraid to feel their feelings. Sitting on the porch with someone I love. Jeans that still fit after 10 years. A watercolor-blue and cloudless sky. Old dogs and puppies. A really wonderful fragrance, like 31 Rue Cambon or mown hay or bacon frying or babies or the smoke off an autumn hearth fire.

What’s next for you?
Lord only knows, as we say down South. Maybe just taking a deep breath, summoning the courage to show my arms or finally taking a trip on the Orient Express. And some writing, of course.

 

ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Read a review of Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good.

This article was originally published in the September 2014 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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