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The Homecoming of Samuel Lake: A Novel | [Jenny Wingfield]

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake: A Novel

Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at “the old home place,” 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. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core.
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Publisher's Summary

Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at “the old home place”, 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. The children embrace the reunion as a welcome escape from the prying eyes of their father’s congregation; for Willadee it’s a precious opportunity to spend time with her mother and father, Calla and John. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core: John’s untimely death and, soon after, the loss of Samuel’s parish, which set the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change.

In the midst of it all, Samuel and Willadee’s outspoken 11-year-old daughter, Swan, is a bright light. Her high spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled three generations of the family. But it is Blade Ballenger, a traumatized eight-year-old neighbor, who soon captures Swan’s undivided attention. Full of righteous anger, and innocent of the peril facing her and those she loves, Swan makes it her mission to keep the boy safe from his terrifying father.

With characters who spring to life as vividly as if they were members of one’s own family, and with the clear-eyed wisdom that illuminates the most tragic - and triumphant - aspects of human nature, Jenny Wingfield emerges as one of the most vital, engaging storytellers writing today. In The Homecoming of Samuel Lake she has created a memorable and lasting work of fiction.

©2011 Jenny Wingfield (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“Wingfield writes complex, believable heroes... with redemption trumping tragedies in scenes ripe with tension and dread.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 12-28-11
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 12-28-11 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    "One of my favorites for 2011...!"

    I can't remember a book I've liked this much for ages! I listened to it several times, just to continue savoring each character and to enjoy the friendships and understanding which emerge. These are brave folks who we can learn from.

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    Karen Woodland, CA, United States 07-19-11
    Karen Woodland, CA, United States 07-19-11
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    "A great read"

    One of the best books I've read in ages! I'll be looking for more by Jenny Wingfield. The narrator was terrific, as well.

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    Ryan's Mom Sacramento, Ca 03-11-12
    Ryan's Mom Sacramento, Ca 03-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!"
    Where does The Homecoming of Samuel Lake rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Near the top and I listen to lots of books.


    What other book might you compare The Homecoming of Samuel Lake to and why?

    On par with A Prayer for Owen Meany. Made me laugh, made me cry, made me want to seek justice against awful people.


    What does Catherine Taber bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved her narration and I'm a narration snob. Didn't use fake southern accents. Great job.


    If you could rename The Homecoming of Samuel Lake, what would you call it?

    hmmmm...good question. Throughout most of the book I thought the title wasn't a good one. The book was about so much more than just Sam Lake. In my opinion, Swan is the strongest, most dominant character in the book. Maybe I would name it A Moses Never Lies


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this, especially for readers who like Southern literature. It was hard to listen to at a times because the subject matter was so upsetting but it was a great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RueRue Orange County, CA 05-08-14
    RueRue Orange County, CA 05-08-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Wonderful and uplifting"
    Would you listen to The Homecoming of Samuel Lake again? Why?

    Perhaps. It was a good story with excellent narration.


    What was most disappointing about Jenny Wingfield’s story?

    It was a little scattered. I felt there were perhaps a few too many story lines which detracted somewhat from the impact of the core of the plot. And, the title is misleading. I did not find Samuel Lake to be the most pivotal character, and certainly not the most interesting.


    What about Catherine Taber’s performance did you like?

    Perfect voice and accent, great characters. Her performance enhanced the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was wonderful, very uplifting and satisfying.


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    Book Hoarder Houston, TX, United States 05-01-14
    Book Hoarder Houston, TX, United States 05-01-14 Member Since 2012

    I have a book addiction and an 2 hour commute, thank god for the sanity of audible

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    "Touching story of family love and endurance"

    This book is not written from just one characters view, but you are able to get glimpses inside their heads at times. Well managed, could of been messy, but this was a joy to listen to!

    Without spoilers, It was nice to see a loving family, not perfect by any means, come together to help each other through rough times and just to see how life can change your view in an instant.How the family came together in different ways to manage life's detours and forks was heartwarming and felt true to life. I will listen to this book again!!! I also ADORED the daughters name!

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    MBB DURHAM, NC, United States 02-17-13
    MBB DURHAM, NC, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Wonderful and Moving Story"

    This book was one of those that you get so involved on that when your not listening to it you are thinking about what's happening. It's very difficult in parts as it is painful - yet it is incredibly uplifting in others. It is a book I think can be enjoyed by many.

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    Vanessa Kay LINDALE, TX, United States 09-07-12
    Vanessa Kay LINDALE, TX, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book and Awesome narrator!"
    Would you listen to The Homecoming of Samuel Lake again? Why?

    No, I don't re-read books because there are too many out there to read or listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Swan. She was passionate about what she believed in and very caring, but also had a lot of sassiness to go along with good side.


    What does Catherine Taber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotion in her voice. She made the characters come to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes....but it was a very long book


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