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The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
A Novel
Written by Jenny Wingfield

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
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Category: Fiction - Literary; Fiction - Family Saga; Fiction - Historical
Imprint: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: July 2012
Price: $15.00
Can. Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34409-8 (0-385-34409-0)
Pages: 352
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.



 
“Raw, dark, and powerful . . . Southern Gothic at its best. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake puts one in mind of Erskine Caldwell and Flannery O’Connor.”—Fannie Flagg

Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. And every year, Samuel Lake, a vibrant and committed young preacher, brings his beloved wife, Willadee Moses, and their three children back for the festivities. In the midst of it all, Samuel and Willadee’s outspoken eleven-year-old daughter, Swan, is a bright light. Her high spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled three generations of the family. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core and setting the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change.

With the clear-eyed wisdom that illuminates the most tragic—and triumphant—aspects of human nature, Jenny Wingfield has created an enduring work of fiction.

“Peopled with a rich array of characters and with a setting readers can almost touch, this novel is supremely crafted and compelling. Eleven-year-old Swan carries the day with her optimism and her inability to accept things as they are. Samuel Lake recalls the worlds created in books such as To Kill a Mockingbird or The Lovely Bones. Teens who like those books will surely be attracted to this one because it draws from the same understanding of place and time, and features characters who stay with their readers.” –School Library Journal (Adult Books 4 Teens)


“Jenny Wingfield has given us a spectacular novel [that] will make you laugh out loud one minute, hold your breath the next, and weep when you least expect it.”—Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Folly Beach

“[This novel] touches on many genres—family life, Christian fiction, coming-of-age, and suspense. . . . Readers will love it.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Wingfield hooks the reader with her opening sentence. . . . The reader is thoroughly caught up in the family saga.”—Abilene Reporter-News

“A lovely debut . . . a bittersweet, inspirational tale.”—The Dallas Morning News

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Jenny Wingfield lives in Texas with her rescued dogs, cats, and horses. Her screenplay credits include The Man in the Moon and The Outsider. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake is her first novel.





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