A Gracious Plenty by Sheri Reynolds (1997)

June 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm (mainstream)

I bought this one at a library book sale a while back, and finally picked it off the shelf this week.  It’s quite good; sort of a long meditation on alienation, grief, forgiveness, and redemption.

In a small Southern town, Finch Nobles lives a hermit-like existence as the caretaker of the cemetery, a calling she inherited from her father.  She also listens to and talks with the dead who are interred there, and has as little to do with the living as possible, because she is badly disfigured (inside and out) by childhood burn scars.

The story begins as things are about to change, for Finch and several others among the living (see above about forgiveness and redemption).  Reynolds offers an interesting cosmology, numerous well-drawn and worthwhile characters, and more than a little hope for everyone.

It’s not my usual sort of thing, but I found it worth reading.


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