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All God's Children [Paperback]

Thomas Eidson
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27 Mar 1997
All the poor blind seamstress needs is a little money and a few honest breaks in order to raise four sons on her own whole holding on to the family farm. What she doesn't count on is a petty thief breaking into her house to evade capture. Instead of turning him in, she decides to safeguard him from a lynching posse. Now with the entire town against her and a crooked gang out to drive her off her land, it's up to this two-bit-thief, inspired by her sense of justice, to become a protector and fighter...even with the odds completely against him... • In the "New York Times" bestselling tradition of Zane Gray, Larry McMurtry, and Cormac McCarthy. • Film rights for All God's Children has been optioned by Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks. • Thomas Eidson is also author of "St. Agnes' Stand" and "The Last Ride" • "St. Agnes' Stand" also won the Best First Novel and Best Western Novel from the Western Writers of America. • "St. Agnes' Stand" won the "Thumping" Good Fiction Award from W.H. Smith in the U.K. and was shortlisted for the "Sunday Express" Book of the Year Award. • Film rights for "St. Agnes' Stand have been sold to Miramax, and will be directed by Michael Winterbottom. • We have another novel coming from Thomas Eidson.
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New e. edition (27 Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140256180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140256185
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A brillant moving story 6 Dec 2000
Very much enjoyed this book - very much in the tradition set by "Last Ride" and "St Agnes Stand". Mr Eidson can really get you involved with his characters and make you care.I can highly recommend this book and this author
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably skilful 19 July 2011
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I've not read Eidson before, but this little story has impressed me greatly. As an author, I was very conscious from early on just what a difficult task Eidson had set for himself. I don't think I would have attempted it. He takes a sympathetic yet difficult heroine and surrounds her by almost impossible forces. She is blind, her husband is dead, she has four children, the bank is set to call in a loan and end her mortgage -- and then things get worse! Her goodness (matched by her stubbornness) is extraordinary. She seems afraid of nothing, not even when the whole town turns against her for sheltering a black man and a small Japanese family. And there is worse to come! It takes great writing skills to make a plot like that work, yet Eidson leaves himself plenty of room to explore depths in each of her main characters. The book's hatred for racism shines through, and the issues of violence and the consequences of non-violence are spelled out very clearly. The book deserves to sit in every school classroom, to be set reading for everyone from 16 upwards. I read it in a day or so. I just couldn't put it down. Naturally, I plan to order more of his novels.
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A powerful tale, simply and grippingly told, it explores aspects of morality that have the reader's sympathies on an emotional rollercoaster. This is the story of a little Quaker widow and her collisions with the lives of the residents of Liberty, a Kansas prairie town, in the late 19th Century. In his clear prose style, Thomas Eidson brings his characters to life. Fate and blind faith take a hand in proceedings which leave us wondering at the nature of cowardice and prejudice but ultimately marvelling at the indomitable human spirit.
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