A Stranger in the Kingdom: A Novel

A Stranger in the Kingdom: A Novel

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by Howard Frank Mosher
     
 

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Howard Frank Mosher has earned both critical acclaim and a wide readership for his vivid historical portraits of northern New England residents in his fictional Kingdom County, Vermont. A Stranger in the Kingdom tells the unforgettable story of a brutal murder in a small town and the devastating events that follow. The town’s new preacher, a black man, finds

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Howard Frank Mosher has earned both critical acclaim and a wide readership for his vivid historical portraits of northern New England residents in his fictional Kingdom County, Vermont. A Stranger in the Kingdom tells the unforgettable story of a brutal murder in a small town and the devastating events that follow. The town’s new preacher, a black man, finds himself on trial more for who he is than for what he might have done in this powerful drama of passion, prejudice, and innocence suddenly lost . . . and perhaps found again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in northern Vermont in 1952, Mosher's ( Disappearances ) tale of racism and murder is powerful, viscerally affecting and totally contemporary in its exposure of deep-seated prejudice and intolerance. In this big, old-fashioned novel, the calm of Kingdom County is shattered when a high-spirited French-Canadian runaway is shot to death, and the black Presbyterian minister in whose home she took refuge is charged with killing her to conceal the alleged fact that he made her pregnant. Narrator Jim Kinneson, a high schooler whose tough dad runs the local newspaper, is almost painfully naive about racism, and the very leisurely pace, combined with the gossipy, small-town flavor, dampens the reader's interest for the first half of the book. But Walt Andrews, the wry, articulate minister, an ex-Olympic athlete and widower, is one of the most believable characters in recent memory, and the courtroom trial, which runs for nearly 100 pages, is highly dramatic. To get Andrews off the hook, Jim's inexperienced lawyer-brother must find the real murderer. A related puzzle, which involves a skeleton in the Kinneson family closet, pulls the loose ends together a bit too neatly. Film rights to United Artists; major ad/promo. (Oct.)
Library Journal
It's 1952, and Kingdom County, Vermont is an old-fashioned rural community. Thirteen year-old Jim Kinnison is about to learn some painful lessons about small-town life. When the new Presbyterian minister turns out to be a black man, both he and his son encounter some prejudice. Then a young woman who has taken refuge in the parsonage is murdered, and the minister is framed. The details of country life and colorful peripheral characters such as the Dog Cart Man and Cousins Resolved and Welcome enliven a story in the tradition of, but not as powerful as, To Kill a Mockingbird . The man at the center of the novel, Reverend Walt Andrews, seems a stick figure rather than a fully realized character. Mosher does a better job with Nat, the reverend's son. Although it is a little stilted and slow in places, this novel should find a readership.-- Janet Boyarin Blundell, Brookdale Community Coll., Lincroft, N.J.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618240104
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
None
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,147,576
Product dimensions:
8.08(w) x 5.52(h) x 1.06(d)

What People are saying about this

Wallace Stegner
Exciting and memorable...Howard Frank Mosher has made a small town story into a universal one. He has filled it with memorable people and carried us along in a rolling wave of suspense. And, best of all, he has not lost his small town...it is rich with local lore and local character.

Meet the Author


HOWARD FRANK MOSHER is the author of ten books, including Waiting for Teddy Williams, The True Account, and A Stranger in the Kingdom, which, along with Disappearances, was corecipient of the New England Book Award for fiction. He lives in Vermont.

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A Stranger in the Kingdom: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mosher at his best
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Howard Frank Mosher's A Stranger In the Kingdom is a wonderful story. I just got done spending about 2 weeks reading my braille hard Cover edition that my parents got me for Christmas and it's a must read at least once type of book. It follows in the tradition of Harper Lee's novel To Kill A Mockingbird, but at the same time is totally unlike To Kill a Mockingbird as this novel transpires in the northern state of Vermont unlike To Kill A Mockingbird which is deeply rooted in the south. While the main plot of the novel concerning a murder does not really come in to play untill at least 3 thirds of the way through the novel it is ritch with the history of Vermont and the narator Jim Kineson brings the story to life. This is however I will say not a light read and somewhat heavy. In braille it was 863 pages so in print I'm going to surmise that it's probably between 4 and 500 pages. My only criticism of the novel is that the main plot of the novel does not come in to play so late in to the story that if you don't stick with the novel or lose interest halfway through the novel you may not make it in to the good stuff. I wouldn't recommend this novel to anyone under the age of 18 because it contains some rather graphic language and descriptions, but if you like a challenging read and are ready to spend some late nights up reading I promise you you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Set in Kingdom County Vermont in 1952, Mosher tells a story of racism and murder through the eyes of a young boy named Jimmy Kinneson. When the new minister turns out to be a black man, there are many mixed reactions from the townspeople. Things really begin to get out of hand when a young Canadian girl travels to Kingdom County in search of her new employer. When she discovers the whole thing is a sham, she seeks refuge at the parsonage with the minister and his son. People do not like the girl living in the parsonage and is soon after found brutally murdered; the prime suspect being the minister. The only person who can save the minister from his unruly fate is a young, inexperienced lawyer who has never lost a case. The only way the minister will be found innocent is if the true murderer is discovered. The entire novel gives the reader a great view of what small town life really is. Although not much is happening at times, the story climaxes throughout the ministers trial which is nearly a fourth of the book. It is a novel that should be read in classrooms around the country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is told very well by Mosher. It details the growing up of a boy in northern vermont and what happens when a black family enters the town. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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