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The Season Of Lost Children
by Karen Blomain (Goodreads Author)
In a small college town in Pennsylvania the lives of a bigamist's wife, a Polish orphan an ex-priest and his wife -- a former nun -- and a mute teenage runaway intersect. The Season of Lost Children explores the question of what constitutes family and finds that the answer is often closer than we think, if only we look with and within our hearts. Although The Season of ...more
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
(first published May 28th 2011)
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I was drawn into this story immediately. The opening scene is really quite a brilliant way to introduce so many themes in such a concrete, sensual way -- past and present, attitudes toward body, guilt and cleansing, faith and doubt. Quite a lovely jumping off place for the story. The characters are real, their struggles are our struggles. Blomain has the ability to bring scenes alive with textured sights, sounds, smells, and she has an ear for dialogue and interior thoughts that rings through in ...more
This earns an extra star for being the work of a friend and book club buddy who recently died. I had the honor of doing a final edit of this book before it was printed, and I enjoyed doing so, though that type of reading makes it hard to see the forest for the trees. I did reread it once my edits were incorporated, and the book was published. A nice story, with a lot of humor, and some surprises. Thank you, Karen.
This is a sequel to Blomain's Trick of Light-- same characters with different main stories. Probably should read in order. This one centered on Ed and Ellie (former nun and priest) and Kaasia, the little girl Hattie's husband had with his other wife which Hattie discovered after Ben died suddenly in book 1. Kaasia is now in college and comes to town to get some answers about her father. Good story.
The Season of Lost Children by Karen Blomain. Everybody in Fenston has a story, often more than one. In the capable hands of Karen Blomain’s poetic writing, each story stands out on its own, yet they are inextricably intertwined like vines in a wreath. Ms Blomain has great compassion for her characters and makes them all familiar to the reader, mostly by her mastery of detailed description.