A Peculiar Grace

A Peculiar Grace

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
The reclusive world of Hewitt Pearce, a forty-three-year-old blacksmith who produces custom ironwork, is thrown into turmoil by an encounter with Jessica, a troubled young vagabond he encounters in the woods near his home, and by the discovery that Emily, the love of his life whom he had lost more than twenty years earlier, has unexpectedly been widowed. 50,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
An unforgettable tale of love, family secrets, and the hold of the past in a family of New England artists, A Peculiar Grace is the latest triumph from the author of In the Fall , hailed by The Christian Science Monitor and The New York Times as one of the best books of the year. Hewitt Pearce 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, washes up in his backwoods one morning, Hewitt’s hermetic existence is challenged. As he gradually uncovers Jessica’s secrets and reestablishes contact with a woman he thought he had lost twenty years before, Hewitt must confront his own dark history and rediscover how much he craves human connection. A Peculiar Grace is a remarkable achievement by one of our finest authors, an insightful portrait of family secrets, and a rich tapestry filled with characters who have learned to survive by giving shape to their losses.


Blackwell North Amer
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, washes up in his backwoods one morning, Hewitt's previously hermetic existence is suddenly challenged. Soon after, he learns that Emily, the love of his life whom he'd lost twenty years before, has been tragically 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 rediscover how much he's craved human connection. As he's forced to face the heartbreaking losses that nearly destroyed both his father and himself, Hewitt realizes the faith that art can deliver, and for the first time in years has redemption within reach.
Set in the art scene of postwar New York, a commune in the early seventies, and contemporary small-town New England, A Peculiar Grace is, writes Library Journal, "a long walk through a dark psychological forest Ýthat¨ may appeal to fans of Howard Norman or Wallace Stegner.

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The reclusive world of Hewitt Pearce, a forty-three-year-old blacksmith who produces custom ironwork, is thrown into turmoil by an encounter with Jessica, a troubled young vagabond he encounters in the woods near his home.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780871139658
0871139650
Branch Call Number: FICTION LENT
Characteristics: 395 p.

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