By Jenny Wingfield
“Raw, darkish, and robust . . . Southern Gothic at its top. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake places one in brain of Erskine Caldwell and Flannery O’Connor.”—Fannie Flagg
each first Sunday in June, participants of the Moses extended family assemble for an annual reunion at a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. and each 12 months, Samuel Lake, a colourful and devoted younger preacher, brings his loved spouse, Willadee Moses, and their 3 young ones again for the festivities. in the middle of all of it, Samuel and Willadee’s outspoken eleven-year-old daughter, Swan, is a brilliant gentle. Her excessive spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled 3 generations of the relatives. yet simply because the reunion is getting below approach, tragedy moves, jolting the kinfolk to their middle and surroundings the degree for a summer season of hindrance and profound swap.
With the clear-eyed knowledge that illuminates the main tragic—and triumphant—aspects of human nature, Jenny Wingfield has created a permanent paintings of fiction.
“Jenny Wingfield has given us a staggering novel [that] will make you snigger out loud one minute, carry your breath the following, and weep if you least count on it.”—Dorothea Benton Frank, writer of Folly Beach
“[This novel] touches on many genres—family lifestyles, Christian fiction, coming-of-age, and suspense. . . . Readers will love it.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Wingfield hooks the reader together with her establishing sentence. . . . The reader is carefully stuck up within the relatives saga.”—Abilene Reporter-News
“A gorgeous debut . . . a bittersweet, inspirational tale.”—The Dallas Morning News
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When he’d been drunk enough long enough, and there was no further purpose to be served by staying drunk any longer, he came back to the house and took a hot bath and had a shave. That was the day he walled in the back porch of the house and started painting another sign. ” Calla demanded, hands on hips, the way a woman stands when She Expects an Answer. “I’m cultivating an interest,” John Moses said. “From now on, you’ve got a business, and I’ve got a business, and we don’t either one stick our noses in the other one’s business.
That he was going to get in the car and come back. He should be there, with her and the kids and Calla. Willadee wouldn’t hear of it. He needed to be right where he was. There were enough menfolk around to handle things, and if he came up, he’d just have to turn around and go back, and it was all too much driving, too dangerous, and she couldn’t stand it if anything happened to him, too. ” Samuel asked angrily, but she pretended not to hear. After she hung up the phone, Willadee didn’t know what to do.
Flat. ” “I don’t mean in the war. ” Toy had started whittling again, and now he raised his eyes to hers. Swan thought suddenly that she had never seen eyes so piercingly green. Toy’s shaggy, rust-colored brows were rearing up a little. She had touched a raw nerve, and wished she had not. But she knew the answer to her question all right. “You watch how you talk about your aunt Bernice,” Toy said. His voice sounded tight, like his throat was parched. ” “I didn’t mean anything,” Swan said. Toy didn’t answer.
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield