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Little faith : a novel, Nickolas Butler

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Little faith : a novel
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Little faith
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a novel
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Nickolas Butler
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eng
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Lyle Hovde lives a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and six-year old grandson, Isaac. After a troubled adolescence, Shiloh has become deeply involved with an extremist church, and the devout pastor courting her is convinced Isaac has the spiritual ability to heal the sick. When the church's radical belief system threatens Isaac's safety, Lyle is forced to make a decision from which the family may not recover. -- adapted from jacket
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  • /* Starred Review */ In Butler’s breathtaking yet devastating novel (following The Hearts of Men), a family is ripped apart and nearly destroyed when one of its own gets involved with a radical church. Set in a gorgeously rendered rural Wisconsin, the story unfolds over the course of a year, as 65-year-old Lyle and his wife, Peg, grow increasingly uneasy as they watch their once estranged adopted daughter, 
			Shiloh, fall under the influence of—and eventually get engaged to—Steven, a charlatan disguised as a devout pastor and founder of the cultlike Coulee Lands Covenant. Their worry intensifies when Steven convinces Shiloh that Isaac, her six-year-old son from a previous relationship, is a faith healer and he uses Isaac’s “gift” to attract new parishioners and solicit donations for the church. At first, Lyle—who has grappled with the existence of God ever since his infant son died—tries to accept the situation so as not to alienate his daughter again. But when Isaac is diagnosed with diabetes, and the boys’ parents choose prayer instead of giving him access to medical treatment, even after he slips into a coma, Lyle intervenes. Butler weaves questions surrounding faith, regret, and whether it’s possible to love unconditionally into every page of this potent book. Secondary plots, including Lyle’s friend Hoot’s slow decline from cancer, Shiloh’s adoption story, and Peg and Lyle’s early courtship, are brief but equally resonant. This is storytelling at its finest. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/28/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 4, p)
  • Winning prizes and selling lots of books since the publication of the surprising Shotgun Lovesongs, Butler returns with another heartlands story. Lyle Hovde is happy that wayward daughter Shiloh has returned to their Wisconsin home with her six-year-old son, Isaac. Unfortunately, Shiloh has fallen under the sway of a radical church whose pastor sees Isaac as a healer, endangering Isaac's life. Drawn on real-life events; with a 50,000-copy first printing and a five-city tour. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 10/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 17, p42)
  • A heartland novel that evokes the possibility of everyday miracles. The third novel by Wisconsin author Butler (Beneath the Bonfire, 2015, etc.) shows that he knows this terrain inside out, in terms of tone and theme as well as geography. Nothing much happens in this small town in western Wisconsin, not far from the river that serves as the border with Minnesota, which attracts some tourism in the summer but otherwise seems to exist outside of time. The seasons change, but any other changes are probably for the worse—local businesses can't survive the competition of big-box stores, local kids move elsewhere when they grow up, local churches see their congregations dwindle. Sixty-five-year-old Lyle Hovde and his wife, Peg, have lived here all their lives; they were married in the same church where he was baptized and where he's sure his funeral will be. His friends have been friends since boyhood; he had the same job at an appliance store where he fixed what they sold until the store closed. Then he retired, or semiretired, as he found a new routine as the only employee at an apple orchard, where the aging owners are less concerned with making money than with being good stewards of the Earth. The novel is like a favorite flannel shirt, relaxed and comfortable, well-crafted even as it deals with issues of life and death, faith and doubt that Lyle somehow takes in stride. He and Peg lost their only child when he was just a few months old, a tragedy which shook his faith even as he maintained his rituals. He and Peg subsequently adopted a baby daughter, Shiloh, through what might seem in retrospect like a miracle (it certainly didn't seem to involve any of the complications and paperwork that adoptions typically involve). Shiloh was a rebellious child who left as soon as she could and has now returned home with her 5-year-old son, Isaac. Grandparenting gives Lyle another chance to experience what he missed with his own son, yet drama ensues when Shiloh falls for a charismatic evangelist who might be a cult leader (and he's a stranger to these parts, so he can't be much good). Though the plot builds toward a dramatic climax, it ends with more of a quiet epiphany. The novelist loves this land and these characters, with their enduring values amid a way of life that seems to be dying. (Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2019)
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Butler, Nickolas
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813/.6
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  • Families
  • Religious communities
  • Change (Psychology)
  • Maturation (Psychology)
  • Healing
  • Cults
  • Wisconsin
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • Change (Psychology)
  • Families
  • Maturation (Psychology)
  • Wisconsin
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Little faith : a novel, Nickolas Butler
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326 pages
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9780062469717
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2018022059
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Little faith : a novel, Nickolas Butler
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1035801591
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22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
326 pages
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9780062469717
Lccn
2018022059
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1035801591

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