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Dear James: A Novel
     

Dear James: A Novel

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by Jon Hassler
 

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When St. Isidore's Elementary in Staggerford, Minnesota is closed, Miss Agatha McGee, who has taught there her whole life, is thrown back on her friends to sustain her. She finds her friends wanting. Fleeing unhappiness at home, Agatha sets off on a pilgrimage to Italy, unaware that her old soulmate and nemesis, Father James O'Hannon of County Kildare, Ireland, is

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When St. Isidore's Elementary in Staggerford, Minnesota is closed, Miss Agatha McGee, who has taught there her whole life, is thrown back on her friends to sustain her. She finds her friends wanting. Fleeing unhappiness at home, Agatha sets off on a pilgrimage to Italy, unaware that her old soulmate and nemesis, Father James O'Hannon of County Kildare, Ireland, is waiting to meet her. There, in the golden light of Assisi, Agatha and James begin to rebuild their friendship . . . and their love.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this memorable installment in the Staggerford saga, the Minnesota town is thrown into disarray by an eccentric elderly resident. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Hassler returns to his fictional Minnesota town of Staggerford for a quiet story that centers on the themes of loss and spiritual renewal. He populates this new novel with a number of characters who first appeared in his debut novel, Staggerford ( LJ 7/77). Agatha McGee, a Catholic school teacher, faces a number of crises in her 70th year. She must confront her own forced retirement, the realization that her long-time Irish pen pal (the James of the title, for whom she was nurturing more than Platonic feelings) is a priest, and the fact that the world still harbors a host of evils--from the Irish Troubles, to terrorism, to the petty jealousies that ruin lives in a small town. Hassler's usual facility with language is not as powerful as in earlier works, but his characters can still intrigue. This is a work that resonates best in context with the earlier works. Recommended for large fiction collections and collections of regional fiction. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/93.-- Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, D.C.

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ISBN-13:
9780345377074
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/13/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
438

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Dear James 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
moviebunny More than 1 year ago
In Hassler's "A Green Journey," I fell in love with Agatha and James--two lost souls who find each other late in life. I couldn't wait to get my hands on "Dear James" to find out where their story went from there. Hassler's characters are forever etched in my mind. His writing is poignant, heart-wrenching, heartrending, and heartwarming. Is it ever too late to fall in love? for fans of The Bridges of Madison County and Nicholas Sparks readers