Friday, April 30, 2010

Sufficient Grace: A Novel Sufficient Grace: A Novel by Darnell Arnoult

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the back cover: (Spoilers Possible)
"Set against the backdrop of two neighboring Southern towns, Sufficient Grace is the powerful, affecting story of two families over the course of a year, from one Easter season to the next."

One quiet spring day, Gracie Hollaman hears voices in her head that tell her to get in her car and leave her entire life behind - her home, her husband, her daughter, her very identity. Gracie's subsequent journey releases her genius for painting and effects profound changes in the lives of everyone around her.

A spellbinding work, Sufficient Grace explores the power of personal transformation and redemption, and the many ordinary and extraordinary ways they come to pass through faith, love, motherhood, art, even food. This poignant, poetic study of the human condition affirms the enduring importance of relationships and the strength we derive from them, Even though we sometimes have to leave behind an old identity in order to discover our soul.

Beautifully paced, filled with unforgettable characters, Sufficient Grace reveals the vital place that spirit and belonging have in every inner life - and in the every day world."

8/27/07: Though it was difficult to get through the first chapter & I even put it down for a few months (I bought it in March, 2007) this is the most beautifully written novel I have ever read. I don't think I've ever felt a read so much. It's now my top favorite read of all time. I actually felt blessed to have read it once I was done. Amazing!

4/30/10: Once again I've fallen in love with this novel, even more than the first time. I don't know why I had a hard time with the first chapter or so the first time I read it (as I mention above). Ms. Arnoult's writing is beautiful; simple yet vividly descriptive. Her writing and more specifically this story comforts my soul and heals my heart in unexpected ways. I slowed my reading to a crawl towards the end because I didn't want it to end again. A novel I will come back to time after time.

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Sherry Dale Rogers said...

Sounds like you left pieces of you behind and in between the pages of that novel. For ever more when you read the book it will always seem a little fuller.

Lisa said...

The sign of a truly wonderful book is when it lives up to your expectations on the second reading. I haven't heard of this one but I'm definitely going to have to keep my eye out for it.

Jo said...

Beautifully said Sherry!

I agree Lisa. I've had some books I adored the first time go sour the second. That made me hesitate a little in re-reading this one because I didn't want my bubble to burst!