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The Homecoming of Samuel Lake: A Novel
by Jenny Wingfield

Published: 2011-07-12
Kindle Edition : 352 pages
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“Raw, dark, and powerful . . . Southern Gothic at its best. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake puts one in mind of Erskine Caldwell and Flannery O’Connor.”—Fannie Flagg

Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at a sprawling hundred-acre farm ...

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“Raw, dark, and powerful . . . Southern Gothic at its best. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake puts one in mind of Erskine Caldwell and Flannery O’Connor.”—Fannie Flagg

Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. And every year, Samuel Lake, a vibrant and committed young preacher, brings his beloved wife, Willadee Moses, and their three children back for the festivities. In the midst of it all, Samuel and Willadee’s outspoken eleven-year-old daughter, Swan, is a bright light. Her high spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled three generations of the family. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core and setting the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change.
 
With the clear-eyed wisdom that illuminates the most tragic—and triumphant—aspects of human nature, Jenny Wingfield has created an enduring work of fiction.
 
“Jenny Wingfield has given us a spectacular novel [that] will make you laugh out loud one minute, hold your breath the next, and weep when you least expect it.”—Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Folly Beach
 
“[This novel] touches on many genres—family life, Christian fiction, coming-of-age, and suspense. . . . Readers will love it.”—Library Journal (starred review)
 
“Wingfield hooks the reader with her opening sentence. . . . The reader is thoroughly caught up in the family saga.”—Abilene Reporter-News
 
“A lovely debut . . . a bittersweet, inspirational tale.”—The Dallas Morning News
 
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  "The Homecoming of Samuel Lake"by cbraud (see profile) 03/27/15

Not many books can make you laugh out loud AND cry, but this is one of those books. The descriptions of the Lake children at play are wonderful and the antics of Aunt Bernice are part of the fun, but... (read more)

 
  "The Homecoming of Samuel Lake"by gailgarcia (see profile) 03/27/15

Did not like that animals and children were abused. Could have added drama without horror.

 
  "the homecoming of samuel lake"by bhale (see profile) 04/09/13

 
  "Fabulous!!"by FriendshipSisters (see profile) 07/10/12

This is a fabulous story of good versus evil, a story of love and compassion, brokeness and healing, and a man that stays true to his Father regardless of circumstance. You will fall in love with the characters,... (read more)

 
  "The Homecoming of Samuel Lake"by rebecca0704 (see profile) 06/10/12

I found the characters either very likable or very unlikable, good vs. evil. I would love to meet some of the characters in real life, they were that vivid and interesting to me. There are a couple of... (read more)

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