Swan House, The: A Novel - eBook
Elizabeth Musser is amazing.
This book is so fantastic. It will change your life! Read it.
November 3, 2013
Real love truly is color blind
Not having grown up in the south, there is much I have never understood about the culture - especially between blacks and whites. Mary Swan's eyes are truly opened wide to the racism around her as well as people's refusal to speak of the past as well as their reluctance to face conflicts and confront unpleasant situations. Mary Swan meets the real Jesus that she has only known in a very superficial way. She encounters His truth and what it really means to follow him.
January 2, 2013
"Swan House" is a historical set in 1962 in Atlanta, Georgia. Segregation was being broken down, but prejudice and violence against blacks was still very present. Vivid descriptions about the place, time, and people brought the story alive in my imagination.
The characters were engaging, had depth, and reacted to things in realistic ways. The low level of suspense came from relationship tensions--romantic, family, and racial. While not depressing, it's not a light-hearted story. Mary Swan goes through so much pain due to losing loved ones, her naivete, and learning some new, hard things about her mother.
There was a strong Christian element, and it flowed naturally as a part of the story. Mary Swan went to church all of her life, but she's challenged by the devotion she sees in a white woman who gave up a life of privilege to serve among the poor. Mary Swan is afraid God will ask her to do something like that, so she doesn't want to get any closer to God, but she is curious about the strong faith she sees.
There was a very minor amount of explicit bad language. There was no sex. Overall, I'd highly recommend this novel.
October 5, 2012
A well-written, thoughtful novel.
One of the best pieces of contemporary Christian literature that I've read. Many steps above typical Christian fiction, both in subject matter as well as writing style. Well worth the time reading.
June 27, 2011