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Suncatchers

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by Jamie Langston Turner
 

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People have always fascinated sociologist Perry Warren, yet his most personal relationships--with his wife and young son--are in shambles. If his marriage crumbles, will his son be raised fatherless, just as he was? Hoping distance will offer answers, Perry accepts a writing project in the town of Derby, South Carolina, and there discovers a wealth of research--and a

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People have always fascinated sociologist Perry Warren, yet his most personal relationships--with his wife and young son--are in shambles. If his marriage crumbles, will his son be raised fatherless, just as he was? Hoping distance will offer answers, Perry accepts a writing project in the town of Derby, South Carolina, and there discovers a wealth of research--and a reason to hope--in the strange yet fascinating neighbors next door.
Eldeen Rafferty seems completely unfettered by the sorrows she has known. Instead, she embraces life in all its gritty, glorious detail, determined to leave cheer in her wake. Perry is baffled by her unending joy and her boundless gratitude, and he wonders what she might be able to offer to a life haunted by troubles...a life he is at a loss to repair on his own.

Suncatchers, Jamie Langston Turner's first novel, launched this premier novelist's journey toward recognition of her Winter Birds in Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2006.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The small town of Derby, S.C., is the fictional setting for this inspirational novel, Turner's debut. Writer Perry Warren has come there to record a year in the life of a fundamentalist church. Recently separated from his wife, Perry is befriended by his new neighbors, the widowed Jewel Blanchard, her son and her eccentric stepmother Eldeen Rafferty-all of whom are members of the Church of the Open Door and are happy to include Perry in their activities. Instead of the hypocrites and bigots he expects to find, Perry discovers that these are people of simple kindness and compassion, whose unquestioning love of God includes acceptance of His will. The writer learns much about himself from his observations of the congregation and, especially, from the happy marriage of Brother Hawthorne, the minister. By putting aside his preconceptions, Perry finds his own meaningful, life-changing relationship with God. The story line here is as unsophisticated as the characters. The cultural and social center of Derby is the local Walmart; every event in the day, no matter how good or bad, is looked upon as a message from the Lord. Eldeen, in particular, is able to greet the worst news with a positive attitude; she makes Pollyanna look like a daughter of doom. C.S. Lewis proved that Christian fiction needn't be simpleminded; it's too bad that this book relies on superficial characterization and predictable clichs. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441262646
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
311,749
File size:
806 KB

Meet the Author

Jamie Langston Turner, a college professor for thirty-four years, has written extensively for a variety of periodicals. Her acclaimed novels have earned both the Angel and Christy awards. Currently a professor of creative writing and literature at Bob Jones University, Jamie has lived in the South all her life and resides with her husband in Greenville, South Carolina.
Jamie Langston Turner, author of seven novels and winner of two Christy Awards, has been a teacher for more than forty years. Currently a professor of creative writing and poetry at Bob Jones University, she lives with her husband in Greenville, South Carolina. Visit www.jamielangstonturner.net

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Suncatchers, repack 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
CherishD More than 1 year ago
What a beautifully told story. I want that kind of faith! Loved all the characters, the unique plot and writing style...very sad that I've finished the book.
BarbaraAnn55 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book!  Try reading them in order as characters from other books show up.  It is more meaningful when you know the background.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The heroine of this book is one of the most unlikely characters. She makes me strive to be a better person. The book is witty and caring and completely down to earth.
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