A Gracious Plenty

A Gracious Plenty

A Novel

Book - 1997
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In the lush and isolated cemetery of a small Southern town, Finch Nobles, the narrator of this brilliantly inventive novel, tends to the flowers and shrubs that surround the monuments of people who were not known to her while they lived but who in death have become her lifeline.   Badly burned in a household accident when she was just four, Finch grows into a courageous and feisty loner.  She eschews the pity and awkward stares of the people of her hometown and discovers that if she listens closely enough, she can hear the voices of those who have gone before. Finally, when she speaks, they answer back, telling their stories in a remarkable chorus of regrets, explanations, and insights. But the infant Marcus, son of the town's mayor, died before he learned to speak and can only wail away the hours. The roots of his anguish are revealed in a crescendo of lasting resonance that ties together the outcast Finch, her dead friends, and the living community outside the cemetery's gates. With prose that is spare, yet richly poetic, Sheri Reynolds creates a vision of a world that is at once fantastic and palpably real. She teaches us that neither our capacity to suffer nor our ability to be healed ends with the grave--and that love is all we have.  A Gracious Plentyis a reading experience you will not soon forget. "A triumph of story, voice, and character. The afflicted and unforgettable Finch, whose longings inspire in equal measure love and awe and pity, who seeks to understand the difference between the kind of suffering brought upon us and the kind we bring upon ourselves, defies mortality. Stunning and authentic . . . this is a beautiful book."         --Janet Peery, author ofThe River Beyond the World
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, 1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780609602256
060960225X
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 205 p. ; 22 cm.

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Nov 07, 2012

This book is tied for my all-time favorite. I read it at least once a year and have to force myself to put it back on the shelf when I'm finished or I'd just read it over and over and over again!

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