Lay It on My Heart

Lay It on My Heart

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It's summer in Kentucky, the low ceiling of August pressing down on Charmaine Peake and the town of East Winder. Charmaine and her mother get along better with a room between them, but they've been forced by circumstances to relocate to a tiny trailer by the river. The last of a line of local holy men, Charmaine's father has turned from prophet to patient, his revelation lost in the clarifying haze of medication. Her sure-minded grandmother has suffered a stroke. At church, where she has always felt most certain, Charmaine is tested when she uncovers that her archrival, a sanctimonious missionary kid, carries a dark, confusing secret. Suddenly her life can be sorted into what she wishes she knew and what she wishes she didn't. A moving, hilarious portrait of mothers and daughters, Lay It on My Heart brings us into the heart of a family weathering the toughest patch of their lives. But most of all, it marks out the seemingly unbearable realities of growing up, the strength that comes from finding real friendship, and the power of discovering--and accepting--who you are.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 269 pages
  • 137.16 x 203.2 x 30.48mm | 236g
  • Mariner Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 015101258X
  • 9780151012589
  • 1,069,153

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"I loved "Lay It on My Heart". Angela Pneuman has written a funny and moving coming-of-age novel that explores the mysteries of faith and family with uncommon grace and wry wisdom."
--Tom Perrotta, author of "The Leftovers
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"At stake in this must-read novel is the sanity of a modern-day prophet, the state of his God-ordained marriage, and, most of all, the painful coming-of-age of his daughter--our wise, perceptive narrator--in the evangelical territory of the rural South. Angela Pneuman brings searing psychological insight to the conflicts that draw people to extreme faith, keep them there, or force them to emerge--dazed, blinking and giving thanks. A profoundly moving, deeply compassionate, wickedly funny book."
--Adam Johnson, author of "The Orphan Master's Son "

"You will stay up all night reading this brilliant and devastating novel the way you might have with a new best friend in junior high--one whose revelations thrilled and terrified you, and whose raw, hard-earned wisdom remade the way you saw the world. It evokes the genius of Angela Pneuman's canonical progenitors: Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Anne Porter, Walker Percy. "Lay It on My Heart" is a gorgeous, riveting, and unforgettable book."
--Julie Orringer, author of "The Invisible Bridge" and "How to Breathe Underwater
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"At the center of this stunning first novel is a family in crisis, a story that in Angela Pneuman's incredibly capable hands is both utterly original and nearly mythic in its powerful universality. A girl on the brink of adolescence, the only child of evangelists living in a small Kentucky town, watches the unraveling of her father's faith and her parents' marriage and discovers, in her necessary efforts to escape the attentions of her troubled mother, the dangers and promises of the secular world."
--Ann Packer
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It s summer in Kentucky, the low ceiling of August pressing down on Charmaine Peake and the town of East Winder. Charmaine and her mother get along better with a room between them, but they ve been forced by circumstances to relocate to a tiny trailer by the river. The last of a line of local holy men, Charmaine s father has turned from prophet to patient, his revelation lost in the clarifying haze of medication. Her sure-minded grandmother has suffered a stroke. At church, where she has always felt most certain, Charmaine is tested when she uncovers that her archrival, a sanctimonious missionary kid, carries a dark, confusing secret. Suddenly her life can be sorted into what she wishes she knew and what she wishes she didn t.
A moving, hilarious portrait of mothers and daughters, Lay It on My Heart brings us into the heart of a family weathering the toughest patch of their lives. But most of all, it marks out the seemingly unbearable realities of growing up, the strength that comes from finding real friendship, and the power of discovering and accepting who you are.

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356 ratings
3.41 out of 5 stars
5 20% (72)
4 26% (92)
3 35% (124)
2 13% (48)
1 6% (20)
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