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Praise for Andr#65533; Alexis's previous books:

"Astonishing . . . an irresistible, one-of-a-kind work."-- Quill & Quire

"Alexis [has an] astute understanding of the madly shimmering, beautifully weaving patterns created by what we have agreed to call memory."-- Ottawa Citizen

There were plans for an official welcome. It was to take place the following Sunday. But those who came to the rectory on Father Pennant's second day were the ones who could not resist seeing him sooner. Here was the man to whom they would confess the darkest things. It was important to feel him out. Mrs Young, for instance, after she had seen him eat a piece of her macaroni pie, quietly asked what he thought of adultery.

Andr#65533; Alexis brings a modern sensibility and a new liveliness to an age-old genre, the pastoral.

For his very first parish, Father Christopher Pennant is sent to the sleepy town of Barrow. With more sheep than people, it's very bucolic--too much Barrow Brew on Barrow Day is the rowdiest it gets. Bu things aren't so idyllic for Liz Denny, whose fianc#65533; doesn't want to decide between Liz and his more worldly mistress Jane, and for Father Pennant himself, who greets some miracles of nature--mayors walking on water, talking sheep--with a profound crisis of faith.

Andr#65533; Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His debut novel, Childhood , won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His books include Asylum and Ingrid and the Wolf .

Publisher: New York :, Coach House Books
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781770563711
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Aug 25, 2018

A beguiling novel by a Canadian author who won the Giller Prize. Gorgeous cover, beautiful paper - a nice small book to hold, and excellent writing too. The story is about a priest whose first parish is in small-town Ontario. The truly mystical/magical mingles with the everyday and not-so-everyday, resulting in an intriguing read. Love story included, and lots of thought-provoking ideas about what love really is and whether God does indeed intervene in the affairs of mankind.

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