Pansies, Carol Barrett’s collection of thirty slight, delicate vignettes, recounts her experience of the Apostolic Lutheran community through the lens of the young, Apostolic woman, Abigail, who babysits for her daughter. Each brief yet intimate piece housed within this collection renders the indelible bond formed between Abigail and the narrator’s daughter with grace and wonder. Barrett’s prose is precise. Honed with care and a keen sense of language, each vignette distilled to its essential essence. The love and admiration Barrett develops for Abigail is palpable, as is Abbie’s own devotion, not only to Barrett and her daughter, but her own community and way of life. Pansies is a vital, touching tribute to the necessity of human connection, and the astonishing power of transcending that which divides us.
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About the Author
The present work came about when Carol hired a babysitter who was an Apostolic Lutheran - a group of largely Finnish descent, about whom there is currently no book in English. The group forbids the practice of birth control in any form. The bond that was forged between Carol's daughter and her Apostolic babysitter, called "Abigail" in this collection of true stories, is the center of the work. Along the way, Carol was challenged to transcend her initial impressions and prejudices about the community and its values.