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Our Daily Breadby Lauren B. Davis
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"Backwoods Noir" at its best. For generations the Erskine clan has lived in poverty and isolation on North Mountain, shunned by the God-fearing people of nearby Gideon. Now, Albert Erskine comes down off the mountain hoping to change the future for his brothers and sisters and sets in motion a chain of events that will change everything. Inspired by a true story. From best-selling novelist Lauren B. Davis comes the deeply compassionate story of what happens when we view our neighbors as "The Other," as well as the transcendent power of unlikely friendships.
OUR DAILY BREAD is a compelling narrative set in a closely observed, sometimes dark, but ultimately life-enhancing landscape. Lauren B Davis' vivid prose and empatheticaly developed characters will remain in the reader's mind long after the final chapter has been read." -- Jane Urquhart, prize winning author of AWAY and THE STONE CARVERS.
"I'll never forget this book, the sunning power of the descriptions, the attention to detail, the riveting plot, the fully-realized characters--this is storytelling at its very best." -- Duff Brenna, author of THE BOOK OF MAMIE, THE HOLY BOOK OF THE BEARD, TOO COOL
"From the first chapter of OUR DAILY BREAD...I was hooked--by the characters, by the flow, by the clean, rhythmic prose." -- Thomas E. Kennedy, author of THE COPENHAGEN QUARTET
"Rendered with gorgeous prose, this compact, fast-moving novel features an astonishing range of tones, from hope to heartbreak, from black humor to white-knuckle terror." -- Dexter Palmer, author of THE DREAM OF PERPETUAL MOTION
--(Starred Review) The Quill & Quire
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Lauren B. Davis was born in Montreal and lived in France for ten years from 1994-2004. She now lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband, Ron, where she writes (obviously) and leads monthly writing workshop -- SHARPENING THE QUILL.
Lauren's most recent work is OUR DAILY BREAD, a novel to be published October 1, 2011 by Wordcraft of Oregon. Her first novel, THE STUBBORN SEASON, was a national bestseller and named as one of the Top 15 Bestselling First Novels by Amazon.ca and Books in Canada. It was also chosen by Robert Adams for his prestigious 2003-2004 book review series. Her second novel, THE RADIANT CITY, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Award. She has also published two collections of short stories, AN UNREHEARSED DESIRE (longlisted for the Relit Award) and RAT MEDICINE & OTHER UNLIKELY CURATIVES. A well-respected creative writing teacher who has taught in Geneva, Paris and Ireland, as well as in the USA and Canada, she is also a past Mentor with the Humber College Creative Writing by Correspondence Program, and past Writer-in-Residence at Trinity Church, Princeton.
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I just finished Our Daily Bread and loved every minute of it. It was a thrilling ride. I loved the fact is is based on a true story, and that the characters are so well developed. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this novel, it was excecptionally satisfying.
I read a review about Our Daily Bread and also noted it was listed as one of the best books of 2011 by The Boston Globe, so I ordered the book. I just finished it in a day and half - I couldn't put it down. I got into the story from the first few pages, and really cared about what happened to Albert and the other children on the mountain. The older woman from the town who runs the antique shop, Dorothy, is one of my favorite characters. The story moves along quickly, and is exceptionally well written. I found the whole experience very satisfying and highly recommend this novel.
OUR DAILY BREAD by Lauren B.Davis is an interesting general fiction set in the North Mountain of Gideon. It has child abuse,violence, bullies, gossip,rumors,innuendoes,family crisis,secrets, psychological conflict.This is a complex story that is inspired by a true story.The characters are engaging, memorable,and emotionally complex. This is the story of the Erskine Clan,who have been shunned be the people of Gideon,live in secrecy and isolation,while their children endure unthinkable things. This story is a thought provoking story of Mountain people,the townspeople around them and their lives. When Albert Erskine decides to befriend Bobby Evans,it creates events that are not only unexpected but may also cause dire events. An interesting story with complex people and emotions.This book received for the purpose of review from Kelley & Hall Book Publicity and the publisher.Details can be found at Wordcraft of Oregon and My Book Addiction Reviews.
Albert Erskine is one of the mountain people. He was born there, raised there and still is there, albeit in his own one-room shack away from everyone else. He lived through the hell that serves for growing up in his clan. He endures sodomy, sex with his mother, burns, whippings, little love and absolutely no salvation. Just like the young children in his family today. Bobby Evans is a typical sullen teen. His mother has left the home, his little sister Ivy cries a lot, his dad is lost in life. He thinks he has it bad. He hasn't a clue. Then he meets Albert and finds the big brother he never had. What happens when these two collide is beyond imagination. The children of the mountain want to die; Ivy wants to be a rockhound and wants dad to hunt with her. An amazing woman named Dorothy Carlisle has been secretly trying to help the mountain children for years and finds it easy to assist Ivy in her loneliness by having her help in Dorothy's antique shop. Above all of this in their small town world of Gideon is the Church of Christ Returning, whose parishioners can gossip their lives away but can't be bothered to lift their hands in assistance. What happens in this story is horrible - beyond it, in fact but what happens in this story will change you. I made me hate my fellow man because, although this is a tale of fiction - it is based on the truth and that's something I will never forget. "Deliverance" my foot - this is the real story!
WUT!Z HOW? - fate