A Gracious Plenty [NOOK Book]

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sheri Reynolds delivers an emotionally moving novel of Finch Nobles, a girl severely burned as a child, who later discovers she can hear the voices of the dead.

After sustaining terrible burns from a household accident as a young girl, Finch Nobles refuses the pity of her hometown. The brave and feisty loner finds comfort in visiting her father’s cemetery, where she soon discovers that she can hear the voices of those buried underground. When she begins to speak to them, ...
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A Gracious Plenty

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Overview

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sheri Reynolds delivers an emotionally moving novel of Finch Nobles, a girl severely burned as a child, who later discovers she can hear the voices of the dead.

After sustaining terrible burns from a household accident as a young girl, Finch Nobles refuses the pity of her hometown. The brave and feisty loner finds comfort in visiting her father’s cemetery, where she soon discovers that she can hear the voices of those buried underground. When she begins to speak to them, their answers echo around her in a remarkable chorus of regrets, explanations, and insights. A wonderfully wrought amalgam of Steinbeck, Faulkner, Spoon River Anthology, and Our Town, A Gracious Plenty is a masterful tale not soon forgotten.


“Ms. Reynolds’s poetic gifts are uncommonly powerful.” —The New York Times

“Reynolds . . . is a gifted writer with a deceptively simple style and a keen ear for dialogue.” —The Boston Globe

“The newest and most exciting voice to emerge in contemporary Southern fiction.” — The San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Reynolds is in top form with these beautifully drawn, flawed characters.” —School Library Journal

“Simple prose rich with subtext, convincing dialogue, and a fascinating protagonist combine
to produce a heartstring-plucker that’s explicit, tender, sad, and hopeful.” — Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015214789
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company KY
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 178,336
  • File size: 407 KB

Meet the Author

Sheri Reynolds is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of five novels, including The Rapture of Canaan. She lives in Virginia and teaches at Old Dominion University, where she is the Ruth and Perry Morgan Chair of Southern Literature.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2001

    Not terribly exciting, but I still loved it

    a sweet, calm book. It wasn't rich with plot, yet I found myself immersed into it. It wasn't heavy or tension causing, but it made me think. It was leisurely, there was no pressure for it to become exciting. It was calm without being boring. It takes a talented writer to create this effect.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    I was blown away.

    This book was absolutely marvelous. It tells of life on both sides of death. It is a book that cuts deep and leaves scars in your mind that you never want to forget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Anon

    Great book.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Great Writing

    This author has a style I can't seem to get enough of. Simple and elegant, the writing takes you in, holds you close, and leaves you with more than you started with.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    WOW!

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! I couldn't wait to read it, I couldn't put it down and hated for it to end. Marvelous,lyrical, superb writing. Now, one of my all time favorites - right up there with David Wroblewski's "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle". Read it and you will fall in love with Sheri Reynolds exceptional story telling ability.
    -Sonny Marrufo

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

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    I'll read this one again

    Finch is the caretaker of a cemetery and she talks with the spirits of those who are buried there. She was badly disfigured when she was burned as a child by pulling a pot off the stove and spilling its contents onto herself.
    Her mother never forgave herself and died ten years later.
    Finch was teased at school and became a loner. One person remained friendly with her. He was a former classmate and is now a police officer. He often stops by the cemetery to check on Finch.
    She grows vegetables which the local store refuses to sell, but a vegetable man buys from her and resells her goods to the store.
    The occupants of the cemetery must stay there until they become lightened, having worked through issues of their past lives. Then their voices begin to fade as they move on to a higher plane.
    This book is too good to explain in a few words and is one that I will probably want to read again. (I rarely read a book more than once.)
    From the back cover: "Badly burned in a household accident when she was a child, Finch Nobles grows into a courageous and feisty loner who eschews the pity of her hometown and discovers that she can hear the voices of the people buried in her father's cemetery. Finally, when she speaks to them, they answer, telling their stories in a remarkable chorus of regrets, explanations, and insights. A Gracious Plenty is like an extraordinary amalgam of Steinbeck and Faulkner. It is a reading experience that you will not soon forget."
    I'm still not sure if Finch invented the friends in the cemetery to replace the friends she never had, or if they were real. It really doesn't matter because it's a wonderful tale either way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2006

    Very affecting

    I read this book over 3 years ago, but I would still count it as one of my favorites. A really moving story, and I disagree with anyone who says they can't get into the story or feel for the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2006

    WOW!!!

    I absolutely loved this book. What a truely symbolic story. At first, I wasn't sure of Finch and her talking to the dead. But this was truely a 'becoming of the living' venture for Finch. I highly reccommend it! Made for GREAT book club discussion!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2005

    Not so hot

    In fact, I'd say this one was a big of a stinker. The author seemed to be caught up in the idea of this scarred woman acting as a bridge between the dead and the living, but I really couldn't have cared less about any of the characters. I guess I'm just not into these 'women's writers'--I just tossed the first Maeve Binchy novel I ever attempted to read, *Quentins*, and you couldn't pay me enough to read something titled *Patty Jane's House of Curl* or *Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons*. I kind of put this one in the same genre.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    page turner

    I didn't expect to fall so helplessly into this book, but the unique story and inspiring main character wouldn't let me put it down. A beautiful story of the living and the dead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

    Rich Characters, Easy Read

    Finch, a young disfigured girl, is the caretaker of a local cemetery. As she attends to needs of the cemetery she converses with the dead who must tell their story before fully departing the earthly realm. It is through these stories that the recently departed and Finch both gain understanding and healing. By the end of the story, the cemetery caretaker is much better equipped to accept and join the world of the living once again. Similarly the dead, having told their story and unburdened their souls, are free to depart to their next life. A truly wonderful book full of rich characters. It can be read simply for pleasure, but can be enjoyed at a deeper level, offering much enrichment. Highly recommend! Great for discussion groups.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    Okay Read, Not Exciting

    This is my first book by the author. Ms Reynolds has a nice style of writing her; descriptions are great. But I was bored wiht the overall plot of the book...a sad disfigured yong woman talking to dead people/ghosts did nothing for me. I thought the conclusion of this book could have been better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2001

    Sheri Reynolds is an amazing Author.

    So far I have read all of Sheri Reynolds books and they are excellent. They keep my interest through out the book. I cant wait for her next book to come out. Hopefully it will be soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2001

    Touching and down to earth!!

    I love how Finch was so completely honest to herself about the predictiment that life handed her. I also enjoyed the way the characters needed each other-- the dead and the living. The resolve that the characters seem to find at the close of this novel, about their faults as well as the shortcomings of others is very touching. This book seemed effortless to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2001

    Not Impressed

    I read this book because I LOVED 'The Rapture of Canaan', another Reynolds creation. I admit this book is well-written, but it was a little too 'fantastic' for me. I never made a connection with Finch, and felt this story kept me at a distance. I didn't feel the emotions that Reynolds was trying to relate to the readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2001

    Wonderful Story!

    Because Finch Nobles has a badly burned face, she is a self made social outcast. However, she has a gift of communicating with the departed. Her communications with the dead and her interpretions of the cemetery will not allow me to forget this book when I visit a cemetary. Finch makes it easy to understand ghosts, and spirits. A very delightful book. This is one I will read again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2000

    a gracious plenty

    Sheri Reynolds developes a logical realm where the dead start out as heavy souls and must tell their tale to lighten. Once they have lightened- it is not clear what becomes of them. It¿s nice that you have no idea if the next stage is heaven or reincarnation or anything else. The idea that the dead do stick around for awhile explains ghosts so well, since religion dosnt seem to encompass the idea of them. Tha main character, Finch Nobles, who has a badly burned face and is a self made social outcast, somehow has trianed her eyes to see this other realm. The book is so convincing that its really hard to believe now that the dead dont go throught this stage. It makes death into something hard to fear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2000

    A Gracious Plenty

    I read this book about ten times and it never gets old. It's a wonderfully written book and I can't seem to get enough of it. I am also doing an author study for school and we had to read at least 2 books by one author and I chose to read this and The Rapture Of Canaan. I'm not sure if it can compare to this beautifully written novel by a truly remarkable author, Sheri Reynolds.

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