The Homecoming of Samuel Lake (Paperback)

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Every
year the Moses Clan has a family reunion. Unfortunate events soon
unfold that brings the family closer together as well as more of
their problems into the open. Willadee Moses and her children end up
staying at her parents home until things can be straightened around
and her husband Samuel Lake can get them back on their feet. Swan,
Willadee's and Samuel's eleven year old acts so inquisitive that she
almost falls in to snake holes all the time. Swan's preatcher father
is having a hard time finding a congregation to take him in and
settles at the Moses house. He developes an idea to have an
oldfashioned tent sermon in the feild across from The moses house to
help his self esteem and family out. A surprising person, rough
edged uncle toy, comes to be a sort of hero for the children. Toy
seems to always show up at the right time, and know just what to do.
Over all this book touchs on so many subjects i couldn't say what
kind of genre it is, other than it's a fantastic read. From
begining to end you'll find that something you didn't expect is
happening all the time. When you thought you had it figured out,
you'll find Swan or Toy doing something to throw you off.If you like this, you may like a story by Daniel Woodrell or Donald Ray Pollock, both are a little on the grittier side.

— Alex

September 2012 Indie Next List


“Wingfield has the storyteller's gift, and writes her debut tale of preacher-without-a-church Samuel Lake and his family with the assurance of a seasoned author. After the death of his father-in-law, John, Samuel moves his wife, Willadee, and their three children into his mother-in-law's house in rural Arkansas. John used to run Never Closes -- a bar that stayed open all night -- from the back porch of his house. Calla, his wife, runs Moses -- a convenience store that is open all day -- from the front porch. Inside the house between those two porches, an extraordinary family lives a life complete with love, lust, heartbreak, heroics, and miracles. A perfect book for book groups.”
— Jill Miner, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI

July 2011 Indie Next List


“Wingfield has the storyteller's gift, and writes her debut tale of preacher-without-a-church Samuel Lake and his family with the assurance of a seasoned author. After the death of his father-in-law, John, Samuel moves his wife, Willadee, and their three children into his mother-in-law's house in rural Arkansas. John used to run Never Closes -- a bar that stayed open all night -- from the back porch of his house. Calla, his wife, runs Moses -- a convenience store that is open all day -- from the front porch. Inside the house between those two porches, an extraordinary family lives a life complete with love, lust, heartbreak, heroics, and miracles. A perfect book for the many fans of The Help.”
— Jill Miner, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI

Description


"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.

"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.

Praise For…


“It’s all here. Faith. Honesty. Sin. Redemption. . . . Anyone who loves Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird will delight in Swan, the Lakes' eleven-year-old daughter.”—USA Today
 
“A deeply personal story, yet it has universal appeal . . . Swan Lake absolutely has the same plucky spirit as Scout Finch. . . . Wingfield also has the same mesmerizingly graceful way with words [as Harper Lee].”—Forth Worth Star-Telegram
 
“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385344098
ISBN-10: 0385344090
Publisher: Random House Trade
Publication Date: July 10th, 2012
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Random House Reader's Circle

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