A Peculiar Grace: A Novel
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Lent, J. (2007). A Peculiar Grace: A Novel. Unabridged Tantor Media, Inc.

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Lent, Jeffrey. 2007. A Peculiar Grace: A Novel. Tantor Media, Inc.

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Lent, Jeffrey, A Peculiar Grace: A Novel. Tantor Media, Inc, 2007.

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Jeffrey Lent's previous novels have earned him comparisons to Cormac McCarthy, Pat Conroy, and William Faulkner, and his book In the Fall was hailed as one of the best of the year by the Christian Science Monitor and the New York Times. In A Peculiar Grace, Lent has delivered a book that takes his oeuvre in a new direction, a brilliant portrait of love, destruction, and rebirth in modern-day Vermont. Hewitt Pearce is a forty-three-year-old blacksmith who lives alone in his family home, producing custom ironwork and safeguarding a small collection of art his late father left behind. When Jessica, a troubled young vagabond, shows up in his backwoods one morning fleeing her demons, Hewitt's previously hermetic existence is suddenly challenged-more so when he learns that Emily, the love of his life whom he'd lost twenty years before, has been unexpectedly widowed. As he gradually uncovers the secrets of Jessica's past, and tries to win Emily's trust again, Hewitt must confront his own dark history and his family's, and rediscover how much he's craved human connection. The more he reflects on the heartbreaking losses that nearly destroyed both him and his father, however, the more Hewitt realizes that his art may offer a deliverance that no love or faith can. Set in the art scene of postwar New York, a commune in the early seventies, and contemporary small-town New England, A Peculiar Grace recalls Kent Haruf and Wallace Stegner. It's a remarkable achievement by one of our finest authors and an insightful portrait of family secrets, with an unforgettable cast of characters who have learned to survive by giving shape to their losses.
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      • content: There is such a thing as too much introspection, but a perceptive reading by Todd McClaren keeps this sensitive novel from wallowing in pain and self-pity. Hewitt Pearce, the protagonist of Lent's third compelling investigation into relationships and family, broods over a love lost nearly twenty years earlier. A chance occurrence, meeting Jessica, a young woman traveling around in an old VW, gives him the opportunity to redeem himself, help another, and find inner peace. Lent makes blacksmithing, baling hay, and smoking marijuana as much a part of Vermont as maple syrup, and McLaren's narration heightens the sexual tension between Jessica and Hewitt. The writing feels overwrought at times, but McClaren's down-to-earth performance makes this worthwhile listening. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine
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        Family-fracturing secrets are at the heart of Lent's luminous third novel, a transcendent story about the healing power of love and art. Two decades after an intense romance curdles, hermetic Hewitt Pearce is living in his family's rural Vermont home, firing up his tractor for the occasional two-mile trip to the village, sometimes hiding in his hay barn, and producing prized custom ironwork when the spirit moves him. Upheaval arrives in the form of Jessica, a psychologically troubled waif with mysterious connections to Hewitt's late artist father. Then Hewitt learns that Emily, the girl he loved years earlier and whose life he has tracked from afar, is now a widow. Evocative flashbacks reveal his family's turbulent history, including Hewitt's days of sex, drugs, and rock and roll on a commune and his dark period of "death-by-whisky drinking" after breaking up with Emily. This sympathetic depiction of a decent man wrestling with his demons while deciding whether to revive an old love or open himself to a new lover is less visceral than Lent's astonishing debut, In the Fall
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