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In the midst of it all, Samuel and Willadee’s outspoken 11-year-old daughter, Swan, is a bright light. Her high spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled three generations of the family. But it is Blade Ballenger, a traumatized eight-year-old neighbor, who soon captures Swan’s undivided attention. Full of righteous anger, and innocent of the peril facing her and those she loves, Swan makes it her mission to keep the boy safe from his terrifying father.
With characters who spring to life as vividly as if they were members of one’s own family, and with the clear-eyed wisdom that illuminates the most tragic - and triumphant - aspects of human nature, Jenny Wingfield emerges as one of the most vital, engaging storytellers writing today. In The Homecoming of Samuel Lake she has created a memorable and lasting work of fiction.
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By Ryan's Mom on 03-11-12
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!
Where does The Homecoming of Samuel Lake rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?
Near the top and I listen to lots of books.
What other book might you compare The Homecoming of Samuel Lake to and why?
On par with A Prayer for Owen Meany. Made me laugh, made me cry, made me want to seek justice against awful people.
What does Catherine Taber bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?
Loved her narration and I'm a narration snob. Didn't use fake southern accents. Great job.
If you could rename The Homecoming of Samuel Lake, what would you call it?
hmmmm...good question. Throughout most of the book I thought the title wasn't a good one. The book was about so much more than just Sam Lake. In my opinion, Swan is the strongest, most dominant character in the book. Maybe I would name it A Moses Never Lies
Any additional comments?
I highly recommend this, especially for readers who like Southern literature. It was hard to listen to at a times because the subject matter was so upsetting but it was a great book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Rio Delta Wild on 12-28-11
One of my favorites for 2011...!
I can't remember a book I've liked this much for ages! I listened to it several times, just to continue savoring each character and to enjoy the friendships and understanding which emerge. These are brave folks who we can learn from.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful