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Heaven Lake by John E. Dalton
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May 18, 11

Read in January, 2006

I love writers who use their words to create worlds and emotions so transformatively that it elicits a visceral reaction in me. John Dalton succeeds in his debut novel Heaven Lake. If you have ever traveled to the farthest ends of the earth or another culture, this young naive missionary's story will take you back through every nuance of that journey. If you have ever experienced grieving your own language along with the loneliness of culture shock while being a visual oddity in that culture, your memory will be vividly refreshed. If you have then progressed from culture repulsion to embracing and loving a place vastly different from the one you were born to...this book is for you.
For those who are merely curious, the novel is an excellent perspective of what it is to be a stranger in a foreign land; and it is written by an author who experienced it firsthand. (This book was a BN Discover New Writers selection when I read it.)
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