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Number of Pages: 368
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
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Series: Father Tim
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, Mitford Series #10Jan KaronPutnam Adult / 2014 / Trade Paperback$19.99 Retail:
$27.95Save 28% ($7.96)Availability: Out of StockCBD Stock No: WW167447
Jan Karon's new series, launched with her New York Times bestselling Home to Holly Springs, thrilled legions of Mitford devotees, and also attracted a whole new set of readers. "Lovely," said USA Today. "Rejoice!" said The Washington Post.
In this second novel, Father Tim and Cynthia arrive in the west of Ireland, intent on researching his Kavanagh ancestry from the comfort of a charming fishing lodge. The charm, however, is broken entirely when Cynthia startles a burglar and sprains her already-injured ankle. Then a cherished and valuable painting is stolen from the lodge owners, and Cynthia's pain pales in comparison to the wound at the center of this bitterly estranged Irish family.
In the Company of Others is a moving testament to the desperate struggle to hide the truth at any cost and the powerful need to confess. Of all her winning novels, Jan Karon says this "dark-haired child" is her favorite-a sentiment readers everywhere are certain to share.
Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.
Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."
Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."
Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."
What a journey its been! Many years ago, I stepped out on faith, walked away from a hard-won, very successful career, and followed my heartand a calling Id felt since age tento become an Author. Did I sit down and write a novel that became an overnight bestseller? No, it didnt happen that way. There were many tests along the way, and, in all honesty, some moments of despairbut also a lot of prayer.
One night as I lay in bed, I had an image of an Episcopal priest walking down the street. Then a local newspaper publisher said hed run a weekly column of Mitford vignettes. Those columns grew slowly into a novel, At Home in Mitford. After a lot of nos elsewhere, one day my publisher, Penguin, said yes. And then something truly humbling started happening: readers started recommending my books. So do you think I love my readers? You bet I do!
Please let me take this opportunity to thank you for all your support over the years. After I have poured every last bit of myself into a novel, each time I have been so honored, and thrilled, that you have responded enthusiastically. I hope youll love my new novel, In the Company of Others, coming this fall. I recently heard an author say, "A novel is a long answer to the question 'What is it about?' After much thought, I would say, In the Company of Others is about the crucifying power of secrets, the desperate need to be heard, and the reconciliation that comes with confession.
Oh, and I should add that it starts in a wild Irish downpour in County Sligo, as Father Tim and Cynthia arrive for their long-postponed trip to the Old Country---and if youd like a sneak preview, Chapter One is posted online at penguin.com.
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