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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (313 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Lent Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An unforgettable tale of love, family secrets, and the hold of the past in a family of New England artists, A Peculiar Grace is the latest triumph from the author of In the Fall, hailed by The Christian Science Monitor and The New York Times as one of the best books of the year. Hewitt Pearce lives alone in his family home, producing custom ironwork and safeguarding a small collection of art his late father left behind. When Jessica, a troubled young vagabond, washes up in his backwoods one morning, Hewitt’s hermetic existence is challenged. As he gradually uncovers Jessica’s secrets and re-establishes contact with a woman he thought he had lost twenty years before, Hewitt must confront his own dark history and rediscover how much he craves human connection. A Peculiar Grace is a remarkable achievement by one of our finest authors, an insightful portrait of family secrets, and a rich tapestry filled with characters who have learned to survive by giving shape to their losses.

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  • “Family-fracturing secrets are at the heart of Lent’s luminous third novel, a transcendent story about the healing power of love and art…This sympathetic depiction of a decent man wrestling with his demons while deciding whether to revive an old love or open himself to a new lover is less visceral than Lent’s astonishing debut, In the Fall, and less gritty than his second novel, Lost Nation, but it’s no less magisterial and every bit as beautifully written.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Lent has forged a many-faceted plot, vital characters, convincing psychology, and finely articulated spiritual musings…Lent’s prose is lustrous—rich in supple dialogue and finely patterned imagery. Echoing the rhapsodic specificity and gravitas of Steinbeck and Kent Haruf, Lent has constructed a resolute tale of paradise lost and found.”

    Booklist (starred review)

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anita | 2/19/2014

    " Whoops! Already read this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rudy | 2/12/2014

    " The main character is interesting because of his gifts, flaws and poor choices in the present and in the back stories. Lent adds twists and turns with supporting cast and situations. The ending wasn't quite expected and had me smiling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Corry Brooymans | 2/4/2014

    " A very interesting book about family secrets, an obsession about a-love-lost, and what that does to your life. It's amazing how someone can hold on to his first love over so many years and still be a good person and not vengefull.Family secrets add to the burden. You keep hoping things will turn the right way for him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rusty | 1/31/2014

    " I thought this was a lovely and complicated book. It's very unlike his previous novels, which are also very good. It's also a great lesson in POV and flashback. "

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About the Author
Author Jeffrey Lent

Jeffrey Lent is the author of the award-winning novels In the Fall and Lost Nation.