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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reprint edition (12 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140270590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140270594
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Welcome home Mitford fans . . . to Karon's gift for illuminating the struggles that creep into everyday lives--along with a vividly imagined world."

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Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. "At Home in Mitford," Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Oct. 1999
Format: Hardcover
A wonderfully inspirational offering. Whenever I read Jan Karon's novels, I want to immerse myself in Faith and The Church (Episcopalian, Church of England, Church in Wales, whatever). This novel was a true delight as were the previous ones, and I didn't want it ever to end. There is no soft option; life can be hard and there is no easy answer. Father Tim has great trust in the Lord and through this trust comes solutions which suffice. But - to enjoy this novel and its predecessors - there is no requirement to be a "believer". They are soothing in themselves - and this is their great magic. Reading Jan Karon's novels soothes your soul, makes you want to be a better person, and this latest novel is no exception. The climate has changed, the small town characters are different (although the residents of Mitford are determinedly never far from our thoughts) but the message is the same - goodness and kindness will prevail - and who ever could want for more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Mitford books, and now a Whitecap book, have been a surprising and wonderful stroll through a different layer of life than most people experience -- or at least take note of. A New Song continues a great tradition. Everybody knew from the beginning who took the bronze statue, but it was a very moving chapter when it was resolved, even if one is a little dumbfounded that Fr. Tim didn't figure out who took it. My questions: So is it in bk 6 or 7 that Lace and Dooley make it to the altar? Will Dooley's birth father be there? Will Buck punch him out? Will Morris be the organist? Will Fr. Tim be there, or will he (or Cynthia) have gone home (could we stand the poignancy)? Thanks for the great and fresh spiritual writing, Jan Karon. And thanks even more to my own mother, for sharing this series with me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
I had been counting the days until the release of the latest of Jan Karon's newest book in her Mitford series!! I was a little apprenhensive about Father Tim and Cynthia leaving the beloved town of Mitford, but I shouldn't have worried at all! If possible, I truly believe this is the best one of Jan's books yet!! I loved meeting all the new characters, and renewing my acquaintance with all the old ones!! My favorite character in this book is Morris Love, and I was so touched, how Father Tim reaches out to him!!
All, I can say is if you have not read this book, find it and sit down and enjoy one of the best books you will read in a very long time!!
Thank you Jan Karon for these truly touching, sweet, and inspirational books!!
Becky Carden, Anniston, Al.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
One of the best chapters that I have ever read in any book is found in A New Song. I loved the entire book, but the chapter entitled Mighty Waters, brought me such joy. Father Tim and company, are very real to me. Of course I've read all of the Mitford Saga books, but the latest one is the best. I do have a question....A line on page 102 refers to "crocodiles" sunning themselves. Could this be an error? Doesn't Ms. Karon mean alligators? I don't believe that we have crocodiles in North America. If anyone can answer this question, please do.
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When I was a child growing up in the mountains of southwestern Virginia, my grandfather sang mountain ballads to me that his mother and hers before had passed down. Jan Karon's books, like these ballads, possess a universal appeal because the human drama, with all its pathos, pain and tenderness, plays out as you read her wonderful dialogue and come to know her cast of characters who have become so real that you feel sure you could look them up in the phone book and call to sympathize or rejoice with them. "A New Song" harmonizes beautifully with the Mitford melody line, adding sea-coast sounds and color -- the deep-sea fishing chapter had me all but reaching for the Dramimine -- and though touching but lightly on old themes (I would have liked more of Dooley and even a touch of a few other absent Mitford characters), developing new themes with Ms. Karon's signature gift of storytelling -- a 'symphony in sand'.
But the true delight of Ms. Karon's books is that against this crooked and perverse generation, her faith informs her work and shines like a star. The pulsating rhythm of her writing is the God Who pervades life for His glory and our ultimate good. Let her critics pause to reflect on the fact that the vast majority of the reading public around the globe are hungry for books such as Jan Karon writes. Goodness, truth and beauty provide great alternatives to the evening news.
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By A Customer on 27 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
After many years serving as the rector of a Mitford church, Father Timothy Kavanagh retires. However, instead of resting on his laurels, Tim quickly accepts a pastor position at Whitecap Island. Though feeling guilty about the parishioners he is leaving behind, Tim and his spouse Cynthia travel to their new home.
Almost immediately upon their arrival at the Carolina Outer Banks Island, the Kavanaghs find the new parishioners needing both spiritual and worldly help. However, Tim also finds himself assisting his former parishioners, who seem to never stop calling. Of particular concern and guilt is that teenager Dooley Barlowe, whom the Kavanaghs took into their home and raised for the past five years, is back in jail again.
A NEW SONG, the fifth Kavanagh tale, is a refreshing entry in the warm and humorous series. Like its predecessors, the story line slowly meanders along at a pace that seems to mirror real life. The lead characters remain a wonderful duo and the return of players from the previous novels augments the guilt feelings shared by Tim and Cynthia over deserting their flock. The residents of the barrier island provide quirky new additions to the wonderful cast. Anyone who enjoys a novel that emphasizes the small personal triumphs and setbacks will take great pleasure from Jan Karon's entire collection.

Harriet Klausner
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