The Lost Saints of Tennessee

The Lost Saints of Tennessee

by Amy Franklin-Willis
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The Lost Saints of Tennessee: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lost Saints of Tennessee is one of those rare, remarkable books that draws you in on the very first page, makes you laugh, makes you cry, and simultaneously breaks your heart and fills you with hope. At its core it’s a story of a family, told by two characters, Zeke and his mother, Lillian, who are both hungry for more than what life has in store for them in their small town in Tennessee. The reader learns the hopes, dreams, tragedies and failings of the family members through these two different points of view, as both characters come to terms with the past, and their own flaws, while trying to wrestle their demons. Ultimately, love and redemption triumph over disappointment and resentment and binds this family together. Amy Franklin-Willis is such a talented writer, possessing a magic that reminds me of John Irving. Her writing is both poignant and descriptive, and never over done. In short, I would highly recommend this book.
LydiaNetzer More than 1 year ago
Amy Franklin-Willis has set herself the daunting task of drawing out a good old boy from Tennessee, divorced, working at a factory, taciturn, connected only to his old dog and his truck, into the lovable and believable narrator of his own story. It's a story of loss, betrayal, and bitterness in the past, despair in the present, and the possibility of a new chance at life in the future. She does it majestically -- portraying love without sentimentality, grief without mawkishness, hope without artifice. I can't remember when I have connected on such an emotional level to a male character written by a female author. Maybe not since [book:Water for Elephants|43641] has a male character been so moving. Lost Saints in Tennessee is authentic, deep, and true. A heartbreaking story of the realities of loneliness and the power of brotherly love.
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written story...such a sweet, smooth read. Loved the unfolding and the weaving, the perfect blending...this was one of those stories you just fall into.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line in this book pulls you in from the beginning. While well written, I do think the characters could have been more developed. Lillian's point of view was the most complete and, in my opinion, honest portrayal of the book. Good read, but left me wanting a little more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's not a lot of excitement in this novel, but it's a great story. Losing his twin brother several years earlier has been hard on Ezekiel and as a result his life becomes difficult. His plan to end his suffering takes a surprising turn, and he has to decide what's best for him.
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