The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow is the perfect blend of comedic glee and deep compassion. Magnin's characters are as real as a skinned knee, and as close to us. Mostly, there is startling joy in this book and in Magnin's writing.
Miss Magnin's book inspires me to move to a small town. It was hard to say good bye to all her quirky characters at the end of the book. No predictability here, I was totally surprised at the outcome. This book is unique and very funny. So what happened with Agnes? This author leaves you wanting more.
If the title weren't enough to pique my interest, the characters drew me in almost immediately. They're quirky, well-portrayed, and remind me all too well of the people from the small town where I grew up--that is, except for Agnes Sparrow. She's unique, to say the least. The plot is well-developed and guaranteed to keep the reader guessing. All in all, it's a fun read that conveys a message. If you get to know Agnes and the townspeople around her, you won't soon forget them.