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In her luminous and long-awaited novel, bestselling writer Elizabeth Strout welcomes readers again to the archetypal, attractive panorama of northern New England, the place the occasions of her first novel, Amy and Isabelle, spread out. within the overdue Nineteen Fifties, within the small city of West Annett, Maine, a minister struggles to regain his calling, his relations, and his happiness within the wake of profound loss. even as, the neighborhood he has served so charismatically needs to come to phrases with its personal strengths and failings—faith and hypocrisy, loyalty and abandonment—when a depressing key's revealed.

Tyler Caskey has come to like West Annett, “just up the road” from the place he was once born. the fast, really good summers and the pointy, piercing winters fill him with awe—as does his congregation, filled with strong those that search his suggestions and pay attention earnestly as he preaches. yet after ache a poor loss, Tyler unearths it difficult to come to himself as he as soon as was once. He hasn’t had The Feeling—that God is throughout him, within the great thing about the world—for fairly a while. He struggles to discover the ideal phrases in his sermons and in his conversations with these dealing with crises in their personal, and to carry his five-year-old daughter, Katherine, out of the silence she has saw within the wake of the family’s tragedy.

A congregation that had as soon as been sufferer and type in the course of Tyler’s grief now questions his management and propriety. within the kitchens, study rooms, places of work, and shops of the village, anger and gossip have began to swirl. And in Tyler’s darkest hour, a startling discovery will try his congregation’ s humanity—and his personal will to undergo the types of trials that in the end try out us all.

In prose incandescent and crafty, Elizabeth Strout attracts readers into the main points of normal lifestyles in a fashion that makes it notable. All is considered—life, love, God, and community—within those pages, and all is made new by way of this writer’s boundless compassion and swish prose.

Praise for Abide with Me

“Strout’s drastically expected moment novel . . . is an replied prayer.”—Vanity Fair

“Superb . . . a shimmering story of loss, religion, and human fallibility . . . you are feeling your self within the fingers of a grasp storyteller.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

“Deeply relocating . . . in a single appealing web page after one other, Strout captures the mysterious combos of wish and sorrow. She sees some of these wounded individuals with heartbreaking readability, yet she has controlled to jot down a narrative that cradles them in knowing and that, by some means, feels like a foretaste of salvation.”—The Washington Post

“This gorgeous moment novel confirms Strout because the possessor of an irresistibly companionable, certainly American voice: folksy, poetic, yet consistently as certain as a shadow on a super wintry weather day.”—The Atlantic Monthly

“Graceful and relocating . . . The pacing of Strout’s deeply felt fiction in regards to the distance among mom and dad and kids offers her paintings an addictive quality.”—People (four stars)

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