From David Guterson—bestselling author of Snow Falling on Cedars—comes this emotionally charged, provocative novel about what happens when a...more
From David Guterson—bestselling author of Snow Falling on Cedars—comes this emotionally charged, provocative novel about what happens when a fifteen-year-old girl becomes an instrument of divine grace.Ann Holmes is a fragile, pill-popping teenaged runaway who receives a visitation from the Virgin Mary one morning while picking mushrooms in the woods of North Fork, Washington. In the ensuing days the miracle recurs, and the declining logging town becomes the site of a pilgrimage of the faithful and desperate. As these people flock to Ann—and as Ann herself is drawn more deeply into what is either holiness or madness—Our Lady of the Forest—seamlessly splices the miraculous and the mundane. less
Our Lady of the Forest demonstrates, once again, Guterson's strength of imagery and character development. I was slightly disappointed with the final chapter--Guterson seems to have sped through. Not as strong as Snow Falling as Cedars, but still a captivating read.
Not big on action, but I love the way this book paints scenes. It's very good at capturing a small town feel, where maybe not much happens, but the events, however small, move the characters deeply. Very gentle book.
The journey was much more enjoyable than the destination...
So far so good...The Virgin Mary appears to a young mushroom picking (eating?) girl in the woods of Oregon. Mass crowds ensue, trampling the woods in search of healing, and in the name of God and curiosity. The church is investigating the validity. Sham or truth???