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The Resource How the light gets in : a novel, Jolina Petersheim

How the light gets in : a novel, Jolina Petersheim

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How the light gets in : a novel
Title
How the light gets in
Title remainder
a novel
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Jolina Petersheim
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Language
eng
Summary
"From the highly acclaimed author of The Outcast and The Alliance, which New York Times bestselling author Lisa Wingate called "a book that begs to be savored," comes an engrossing novel about marriage and motherhood, loss and moving on. When Ruth Neufeld's husband and father-in-law are killed working for a relief organization overseas, she travels to Wisconsin with her young daughters and mother-in-law Mabel to bury her husband. She hopes the Mennonite community will be a quiet place to grieve and piece together next steps. Ruth and her family are welcomed by Elam, her husband's cousin, who invites them to stay at his cranberry farm through the harvest. Sifting through fields of berries and memories of a marriage that was broken long before her husband died, Ruth finds solace in the beauty of the land and healing through hard work and budding friendship. She also encounters the possibility of new love with Elam, whose gentle encouragement awakens hopes and dreams she thought she'd lost forever. But an unexpected twist threatens to unseat the happy ending Ruth is about to write for herself. On the precipice of a fresh start and a new marriage, Ruth must make an impossible decision: which path to choose if her husband isn't dead after all" --
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Petersheim (The Alliance) constructs a rich story about grief, the dying of love, and the rekindling of faith. After Ruth’s husband, Chandler, is killed during a hospital bombing in Afghanistan, she and her two daughters, two-year-old Vivienne and six-year-old Sofie, take his ashes to the Wisconsin Mennonite community where he grew up. Elam, her husband’s cousin, invites them to stay at his cranberry farm for the harvest, and Ruth agrees to work in the cranberry bog. She is melancholic, but her sadness is mainly for her daughters; she finds it hard to grieve for a husband she feels she had already lost. Ruth and Chandler had been married for five years, and they adopted Sofie shortly after their marriage. Chandler, a doctor, had been away for most of his children’s lives and, slowly, Chandler and Ruth’s love turned to distant communication and bitterness. During Ruth and her daughters’ stay with the Mennonite community, Ruth’s relationship with her grieving mother-in-law strengthens, and she nurtures a friendship with Elam. Then a phone call makes Ruth question whether Chandler is dead after all. With skillful plotting and vibrant characters, Petersheim reveals the pain of loss and the healing that comes from mercy and forgiveness. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/14/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 2, p)
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10763027
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Petersheim, Jolina
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Man-woman relationships
  • Mennonites
Label
How the light gets in : a novel, Jolina Petersheim
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiii, 373 pages
Isbn
9781496402233
Lccn
2018037975
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1042351781
Label
How the light gets in : a novel, Jolina Petersheim
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiii, 373 pages
Isbn
9781496402233
Lccn
2018037975
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1042351781

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