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Our Lady of the Forest

Guterson, David (Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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From the best-selling author of Snow 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 Forest tells a suspenseful, often wryly humorous, and deeply involving story of faith at a contemporary crossroads.

Baker & Taylor
Sixteen-year-old runaway and unlikely spiritual candidate Ann Holmes, surviving by living in a tent and working as a mushroom picker, experiences a vision of the Virgin Mary in the foggy woods of a Washington November afternoon.

Blackwell North Amer
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 Forest tells a suspenseful, often wryly humorous, and deeply involving story of faith at a contemporary crossroads.

Baker
& Taylor

Sixteen-year-old runaway and unlikely spiritual candidate Ann Holmes, surviving by living in a tent and working as an itinerant mushroom picker, experiences a vision of the Virgin Mary in the foggy woods of a Washington November morning. By the author of Snow Falling on Cedars. 350,000 first printing.

Authors: Guterson, David
Statement of Responsibility: David Guterson
Title: Our Lady of the Forest
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 25 cm.
Subject Headings: Clergy Fiction Loggers Fiction Teenage girls Fiction Mushroom industry Fiction Runaway teenagers Fiction Washington (State) Fiction Migrant agricultural laborers Fiction Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint Apparitions and miracles Fiction
Topical Term: Clergy
Loggers
Teenage girls
Mushroom industry
Runaway teenagers
Migrant agricultural laborers
LCCN: 2002043322
ISBN: 0375412115
Research Call Number: JFE 03-16125
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Aug 21, 2014
  • reissja rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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