Our Lady of the Forest

Our Lady of the Forest

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This is the story of a teenage girl who sees a vision of 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. Her past has been hardscrabble. Then one November afternoon, in the foggy woods of North Fork, Washington, the Virgin comes to her, clear as day. Is this delusion, a product of her occasional drug use, or a true calling to God? Gradually word spreads, and thousands converge upon the already troubled town. For Tom Cross, an embittered logger who's been out of work since his son was paralyzed in a terrible accident, the possibility that Ann's visions are real offers a last chance for him and his son. As Father Collins searches both 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" combines suspense, grit and humour in a story of faith at a contemporary crossroad.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 153 x 234mm | 670g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747560455
  • 9780747560456

About David Guterson

David Guterson is the author of the novels SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS and EAST OF THE MOUNTAINS; a collection of short stories, THE COUNTRY AHEAD OF US, THE COUNTRY BEHIND, and of the non-fiction book FAMILY MATTERS: WHY HOME SCHOOLING MAKES SENSE. SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS won the PEN/ Faulkner Award. David Guterson lives in Washington state.show more

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The author of Snow Falling on Cedars has written a new novel full of strange delights. Ann Holmes is a 16-year-old who has run away from home where she was physically abused by her mother's lover who is on drugs. She keeps body and soul together by picking and selling mushrooms in the forest and lives in a tent with her only major possession, a car that doesn't go. Then one afternoon in the Washington North Fork woods, the Virgin Mary appears to her. No one else sees the vision which gives her instructions about contacting the local priest and other matters. Soon great crowds gather, and what transpires makes an eerily compelling tale told with great skill and compassion. This is another sure-fire winner.show more

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