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Dark and deep as the wood it is set in,
This review is from: Our Lady of the Forest (Paperback)
This is a difficult book to write about as I imagine many people will have varied ideas about it's content. A young, frail and damaged runaway girl Ann Holmes fetches up in the depressed previously busy logging area of North Fork and makes a little way of life for herself, alongside others, living on the Camp ground, scavenging for mushrooms, ranging the devastated forests. She becomes friends with bright and breezy, sassy Carolyn who takes her under her wing. Other inhabitants of this woebegone town are Tom Cross, the one time logger, now a prison guard nearby, now separated from his family which includes his son who is paralysed after an accident out in the woods, and more importantly Father Collins, the unlikely priest who also lives in a trailer. He is highly educated, thoughtful and tortured with the difficulties of his calling.
Written in a fast and jumpy fashion with quick wit and repartee this book is formed around the visions experienced by Ann in her fevered, ill and dangerous state. Whether you take her seriously or dismiss the visions immediately the story carries you along with the mounting excitement and hope that her mission gathers up. The desperate need for others to help her carry out the instructions of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the driving force that grabs the community and changes life in that place forever. Father Collins keeps a cool head and manfully stands up to the Grand Inquisitor type older priest who arrives to check her out.
Unusual in content with a great deal of the Catholic faith and creed acted out for the reader this is a heavier weight read. Personally I ground through it rather although the end was very clever indeed and made the struggle through worthwhile.