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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review from Discover Great New Writers
Award-winning Canadian writer David Adams Richards now brings Americans his gentle and beautiful saga of family, love, and courage in this poignant novel. Sidney Henderson is an outcast in the rural Canadian mill town in which he has lived out his life. Committed to a pact he made with God never to raise his hand or voice to another living soul, Sidney is no match for the jealous, greedy, and conniving neighbors around him. His goodness, his love of books, and his determination to turn the other cheek, regardless of the cost, are confusing and threatening to them, and they regularly take advantage of his good nature. But his fellow townsfolk are especially incensed when Elly, one of the most beautiful and desirable young women in the community, chooses Sidney as her husband.
In Mercy Among the Children, the story of Sidney's love for his wife and two children, and of the price he must pay for refusing to abandon his principles, is told by Lyle, Sidney's grown son. A child who had initially renounced his father's values and who later struggled to understand and appreciate them, his point of view makes Richards' novel as much a story about the relationship between fathers and sons as it is about the nature of good and evil. Sidney and Elly are two of the most gracious and compassionate characters we've yet to encounter in contemporary literature. And their engrossing story of loss and strength is one that haunts. (Fall 2001 Selection)