Some storms bring destruction. Others bring salvation.
In 1934 the tiny town of Barmy, Oklahoma, is in desperate need of a miracle. The cows are hungry, the rain won’t fall, most of Main Street is boarded up. Young aspiring trapeze artist Sugar Watson is dumped unceremoniously into this bleak setting with little money and only one thing on her mind—escape. Beulah Clinton, a Holy Ghost preacher, has dedicated herself to helping the distressed in this ragged little wasteland, and Sugar soon finds herself thrown in with Marigold Lawford, the simple-minded widow of the richest man in town, and Homer Guppy, a boy trouble follows like dust after a wind.
Despite Sugar’s immediate distaste of Barmy, Beulah’s patience, Marigold’s kindness, and Homer’s unconditional love make her reconsider the meaning of home.
On Black Sunday, the worst dust storm in history brings with it a choice: Sugar must decide whether or not to return home, leaving the hospitality—and love—of Barmy’s inhabitants. A stunning Depression-era literary novel with a touch of magical realism, Beulah's House of Prayer captivates until the very end.
|Publisher:||Brick Mantel Books|
|File size:||4 MB|
About the Author
Cynthia A. Graham is the winner of several writing awards and her short stories have appeared in both university and national literary publications. She attained a B.A. in English from the Pierre Laclede Honors College at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Cynthia is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the St. Louis Writers' Guild, the Missouri Writers' Guild, and Sisters in Crime. She is the author of two works of historical mystery: Beneath Still Waters and Behind Every Door. Beulah's House of Prayer is her first foray in the land of magical realism.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ms. Graham uses language beautifully to set moods and evoke emotion. During one description of a dust storm I looked out the window expecting to see darkness. But her true strength is in describing characters. Her characters are flawed, sometimes painfully and unattractively so, Yet we are taken on journeys into their pasts to see how pain and sorrow damages and then she pulls us alongside as people grow and change. An overarching theme is love requires sacrifice. Yet, Sugar learns that the sacrifices of love-hers and of others-lead to a fuller life.