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Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prizewinning second novel, Gilead, stirred the hearts and minds of readers with her thoughtful examination of a faithful life. Debut novelist Hobbs tackles a similar theme, but in a 19th-century setting and language. The landscape of rural England is poetically captured through the eyes of his protagonist, Charles Wenmouth, a young lay minister who walks long miles across the countryside to visit the sick and the poor, those with faith and those who have lost it. The narrative moves through four seasons in Wenmouth's life, depicting a young man who sees in creation the majestic nature of a God he so rarely finds in those he meets along the way. One exception is a young blind girl to whom he is drawn, moved by her unfailing belief in the face of tremendous suffering. Wenmouth's own conviction burns within him and his visits to her strengthen him in his vocation. But will this fervor carry him through the storms of life?
Breathtaking in both content and style, The Short Day Dying is a treasure rarely found in modern literature. Rich in the language of faith, this first novel is a hauntingly powerful portrait of the tenuous hold even the most devoted have, as they walk between faith and doubt, day by day. (Summer 2006 Selection)