From the best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedarsan 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 Collinsa young priest new to North Forkfinds Ann disturbingly alluring. But it is up to him to evaluateimpartiallythe veracity of Anns 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 Anns disciple of sorts, as well as her impromptu publicity manager. And Tom Cross, an embittered logger whos been out of work since his son was paralyzed in a terrible accident, finds in Anns visions a last chance for redemption for both himself and his son.
As Father Collins searches his own soul and Anns, 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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