One of the most exciting and thoughtful novels Ive read this year a wonderful novel -- Daily Mail
In three novels, David Guterson has worked up a flawless prose style and a narrative formula.
Jonathan Raban, Books of the Year, Daily Telegraph
Does for Washington States Olympic Peninsula roughly what Flaubert did for provincial Normandy in Madame Bovary
Guterson will keep you in suspense until the final revelation
Ann Holmes seems an unlikely candidate for revelation. A sixteen-year-old runaway, she is an itinerant mushroom picker who lives in a tent. Her past has been hardscrabble. Then one November afternoon, in the foggy woods of North Fork, Washington, the Virgin comes to her, clear as day. Is this delusion, a product of her occasional drug use, or a true calling to God?
Gradually word spreads, and thousands converge upon the already troubled town. For Tom Cross, an embittered logger who's been out of work since his son was paralysed in a terrible accident, the possibility that Ann's visions are real offers a last chance for him and his son. As Father Collins searches both his own soul and Ann's; as Carolyn struggles with her less than admirable intentions; as Tom alternates between despair and hope; Our Lady of the Forest combines suspense, grit and humour in a story of faith at a contemporary crossroad.
A sixteen-year-old runaway drug user, who lives in a tent in a forest seems an unlikely candidate for revelation. Is the delusion a result of drug-use or a true calling to God? For logger Tom Cross, the visions offer a last chance for him and his paralysed son,
About the Author
David Guterson is the author of the novel Snow Falling on Cedars; a collection of short stories, The Country Ahead Of Us, The Country Behind, and of the non-fiction book Family Matters: Why Home Schooling Makes Sense. Snow Falling On Cedars won the PEN/ Faulkner Award. David Guterson lives in Washington State.