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From the bestselling author of Snow Falling on Cedars comes a darkly humorous contemporary novel of faith and redemption, focusing on an economically depressed community that suddenly becomes the center of hope for the despairing. After teenage runaway and itinerant mushroom picker Anne Holmes has a vision of the Virgin Mary in a nearby forest, her motley crew of friends and colleagues all respond in different ways, ranging from acceptance to utter disbelief. After word of her visions spreads, various miracle seekers gather on the site, throwing the local church and logging companies into a panic.
The author evokes real sympathy for the confused inhabitants of the impoverished town, as each character becomes a symbol for a segment of the world at large: the believer, the cynic, the doubter, and the lost. Even when detailing great sorrow and anguish, Guterson easily sidesteps pessimism to give a compassionate, penetrating view of life's beauty. Stylish, weighty, and shrewd, the narrative is as much a chronicle of our social dilemmas as it is about the doubts and moral uncertainties of our protagonists. A masterfully crafted and moving novel, Our Lady of the Forest will impress and astonish you with its examination of the nature of belief in our unsettled times. Tom Piccirilli