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Evensong (Ballantine Reader's Circle)by Gail Godwin
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Margaret Bonner is in her early thirties, an Anglican minister's daughter, and like her late father, also a minister in a small southern town. Her husband Adrian is much older; once her father's disciple, he serves as chaplain and acting headmaster of a boarding school for disturbed children. Their marriage is in trouble, and Margaret is thinking of leaving him when three rather unwelcome people come into their lives. The chaos they bring with them will ultimately lead Margaret and Adrian back to each other.
Beautifully written and filled with the insight and compassion Godwin is known for, "Evensong" is a novel about family, the sometimes uncomfortable bonds of marriage, and the quest for religious faith.
To read Gail Godwin is to touch the very core of human experience. With inimitable grace and aching emotional precision, Godwin probes our own complexities in characters whose lives oscillate between success and struggle, stoic resolve and quixotic temptation, bitter disappointment and small, sacred joys. Now with Evensong, she again translates our everyday existence into soul-touching truths as she brings to brilliantly realized life the people of a small Smoky Mountain town--and a woman whose world is indelibly altered by them.
About the Author
Gail Godwin was born in Alabama, grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and received her doctorate in English from the University of Iowa. She has taught at Vassar College and Columbia University and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the 1981 Award in Literature from the National Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Her short stories, essays, and articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. Three of her critically acclaimed novels, The Odd Woman, Violet Clay, and A Mother and Two Daughters, were nominated for the National Book Award. Her other highly praised books include The Good Husband, Glass People, The Perfectionists, Dream Children, and Mr. Bedford and the Muses.
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