From Terry Kay, one of America’s most gifted
storytellers, comes a poignant novel of love, acceptance, and the wonders of
the world in which we live.
In the summer of 1948, Noah Locke arrives in the small
North Carolina hamlet of Bowerstown, set deep in the Valley of Light. A quiet,
simple man and army veteran, Noah is haunted by the horrors he witnessed when
his infantry unit liberated Dachau. Wandering the South, he seeks both to escape
the past and to find a place to call home.
Noah is initially treated with amusement by the people of
Bowerstown—until he begins fishing. Noah possesses an almost magical ability
with a rod and reel. He soon becomes the talk of the valley and is urged to
stay long enough to participate in the annual school fishing contest. He
agrees, finding lodging in an abandoned shack by what is known as the Lake of
Grief, which the locals believe holds no fish. Noah knows they are wrong;
beneath the water is a warrior bass waiting to test Noah's gift. But above the
water, Noah’s innocence catches the heart of Eleanor Cunningham, whose husband
supposedly killed himself after returning from the war. Over the course of a
week, Noah will be led into the private lives of the residents of the Valley of
Light, will join them as they mourn a tragedy, and will experience a miracle
that will guide him home at last.
Uplifting, memorable, and deeply emotional, The Valley of Light is the finest work
to date from a brilliant teller of heartfelt tales. Download and start listening now!