Our Lady of the Forest

  • by David Guterson
  • Narrated by Blair Brown
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Mary 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 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.

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What the Critics Say

"This ambitious and satisfying work builds vivid characters and trenchant storytelling into a serious and compassionate look at the moral quandaries of modern life." (Publishers Weekly)
"Guterson's third novel is thoughtful, humane, richly detailed, and atmospheric." (Booklist)

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A TOTAL ABOMINTION TO CHRISTAINS

I would not reccomend this book to any God fearing christain and anyone who has any christain values. Any author that takes a religion ( in this case Catholic's ) and writes a story that digraces God and all he has done should not be an author. If I could I would demand a complete refund for now my money went to suport a author that has no regards for our Heavenly father above.

To take a person who,s life is filled with drugs, sex, and abortions and turn her into a person who recieves visions from Mary the mother of God. A priest that all but rapes her in his mind. Uses language that would never be accepted in any christain religion in any form. And Makes a mockery of others who have done great things. If I could I would give this book a minus 20 stars thats how bad it was. Don't waste your time or money on this one.
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- David Kraemer

Safe to read

God fearing Christians can read this if they realize that this is fiction and more a novel about people around what seems a true apparition. It's end seems flat, but satisfying enough because it answers lingering questions in the simplist fashion.
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- Carol

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-10-2003
  • Publisher: Random House Audio