Aug 12, 2011

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield

Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at "the old home place," 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. The children embrace the reunion as a welcome escape from the prying eyes of their father's congregation; for Willadee it's a precious opportunity to spend time with her mother and father, Calla and John. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core: John's untimely death and, soon after, the loss of Samuel's parish, which set the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change.

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 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.

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.

Title: The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Imprint: Random House
Pub Date: 07/12/2011
ISBN: 9780679603603

The Moses clan is a large and rather unusual family with incredible loyalty to each other and their community. Very strong characters from the youngest to the oldest, and they will go to any lengths to defend and support each other.

Through the most difficult of times, the family ties grow stronger. Some very disturbing topics are discussed in this book, and some parts are not an easy read.

Overall, I am very impressed with this debut novel by Jenny Wingfield. She is a talented author that I will definitely be watching in the months ahead.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher Random House. I was not compensated for my thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. I read this book earlier this year. While I found it very well-written, the violence and abuse sections were just too much for me.