A warm and endearing, yet heart-wrenching memoir. The Place of Belonging, is about a child of a single mother in Big Sky Montana that is beautifully and simply told. It is an unforgettable step back in time, a fresh understanding of loss and belonging. Reading like prose, this elegantly written and emotionally satisfying story is told from the eyes of a child of the 1940's. "One of the best books we have ever published and that I have ever read." Nancie Carmichael, DRB Publisher and bestselling author. Anyone who has ever tried to fit in and belong will understand both mother and child in this narrative… and will see that separation and loss can sometimes be the very encounters that will ultimately bring wholeness.
|Publisher:||Deep River Books|
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Graduate Central Bible College. Former editor and writer for Gospel Publishing House. Missionary to Philippines and South Pacific.
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Finding a sense of belonging and safety is the "stuff" underlying the plots of countless novels some packed with never ending action and others focused on the emotional turmoil of self-discovery. The Place of Belonging by Jayne Pearson Faulkner fits neither category but is instead a quiet fiction memoir retracing a young girl's childhood in 1940's Big Sky Montana. As the book blurb points out, it is a place many of us will recognize, a step back in time. But this book is not all sweet remembrance. Faulkner softly creates an image of a young girl, deeply loved by her grandmother and mother, but always set aside by the community and even their church as being different, all because she did not have a father. When her mother does marry, Janie is already seven, past by the cuddly and cute stage that could capture a step-father's heart. As baby after baby arrived to her mother and stepfather, Janie becomes part of a growing family that needs her help. but still sets her aside. Even the living arrangements set Janie apart from her family. During the week she continues to live with her steadfast grandmother in the city, traveling each weekend by bus to the Big Sky farm to see her family. A photo at the end of the book will show this separation, felt by the young girl, but never spoken alou -- a jumble of toddlers with blonde hair and blue eyes like their father, and older, dark-haired, dimpled Janie, a contrast of difference. This photo begs the question of how much of this story is fiction (called a fiction memoir) and how much is fact. I actually forgot the book had been classified as fiction. The young girl's narrator voice has the right mixture of age appropriate innocence, first heartbreaks and developing insight. I did not grow up in the 1940's, or even in Montana, but I recognized the hard working families - the joys of new puppies and kittens, the harsh realities of farming, and the simple rewards of hard work. In this modern time of split families and abandoned responsibilities, many readers will be attracted to grandma who seemingly tirelessly keeps the family on solid footing with her cooking, cleaning, and loving. This is not a dark tale of abuse or neglect, but rather a realistic tale illustrating that our place in the world, or even within our family, is not a guaranteed secure place, revealed at our birth. Janie's spot was complicated by the sometimes cruel mores of tradition and the "no-emotions" barriers of her new Swedish family, but when she finally comes to spot of belonging, you will rejoice at her arrival. Jayne Pearson Faulkne has been a missionary, and I would love to hear of her adventures as such. She is a delightful story teller who deftly handles mixing the profound occurances of life with the ordinary. I received a copy of this title from Bring It On Communications for review purposes. All opinions are my own
A Place of Belonging is a beautifully written story told through the eyes of a child growing up in the "big sky country" of Montana. It's the 1940's. Janie lives with her mother and grandmother, until her mom marries and moves to a farm. Janie then lives with her grandma and visits her mom each weekend. Eventually Janie moves to the farm to live with her mom and new dad. Life on a farm takes some getting used to, and Janie also has a whole new family, as her mom has more children. Life isn't always easy, but Janie never doubts that her loving family has her best interests at heart. I loved this book! It is an entertaining step back in time, but also an emotional story of separation, loss and belonging. It's so well written that I almost felt I was part of the family. I thought about giving my book to a friend to take on her vacation, but I couldn't part with it! This is a book you'll want to read over and over. This book was sent to me by Bring It On Publishing for my review.
Thank you to Bring It On Communications! for my free copy for reading/reviewing. Janie lives in "Ole Buttermilk Sky" country---Great Falls, Montana. World War II has begun with Japan and Germany, but.Janie lives in a secure and comfortable world with her mother and grandmother. Janie's mother works in a beauty shop. Janie and her mother and grandmother attend church, Janie goes to school, life goes on as it has; but one day a man with Nordic ice blue eyes meets Janie's mother and life begins to change. I loved this story! Such beautiful writing---flowing eloquently and smoothly like sweet creamy butter. Janie is an observant child, a child that is sensitive and intuitive. Changes that come about in her life she reacts to with trust in her mother and grandmother that the right decision will be made. I loved it that the adults in her life never pushed her, but in patience and love waited for her. The life of living on a rural farm during the war years and including years before modern conveniences is explored in the story. The emphasis is on hard work and endurance, and faith that the Lord will provide. This story is aimed at an adult audience but I feel that it would be adequate and enjoyable to a young adult audience.
This book is a story told from the eyes of a child of a single mother (taken from back of book) set in the 1940s in Big Sky Montana. I can relate to the child as I grew up without a father as mine died when I was eight so my mama raised me by herself. I also fit right in with the child as not having the things that other children have, but I grew up in South Carolina. I loved the way Jayne Pearson Faulkner described her childhood and her mother and grandmother as they lived each day with joy in their hearts and what they had and not what they didn't have. They enjoyed life and loved each other and I could relate with everything they did. I fit right in with them and relived my childhood days alone as the story unfolds. Jayne makes you see the Big Sky Montana as if you are really there, she paints a great picture of the country and the family. The Author: This is the first book I have read of Jayne Pearson Faulkner's and I really loved it. Jayne lives in Oregon with her family and is a graduate of Central Bible College, a former editor and writer for Gospel Publishing House. She has been a missionary for many years to the Philippines as well as the South Pacific. I hope to get to read more of her work. This book was sent to me by Bring It On Publishing for my review.