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The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow by Joyce Magnin
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Jun 28, 2011

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Read from June 22 to 27, 2011

Agnes Sparrow weighs somewhere around 700 pounds. She was bullied mercilessly as s child and now those same people who ridiculed her want to erect a sign in her honor because Agnes has a gift. She prays and the Lord listens. Never mind that neither Agnes nor her care-giver/sister, Griselda, want that sign (or the statue to accompany it), the towns people are insistent. Then a stranger, hearing of Agnes' miracles, comes to town. And suddenly, Agnes may be losing her gift.

I enjoyed this book on two levels. There was the question of religion/spirituality--how much does prayer affect an outcome? Then there was the theme of social bullies. I felt I got to know the townspeople, that I'd recognize them on the street. I found little things humorous--the cop whose main goal is to catch the wayward dog (which she names Al Capone). This book had a bit of mystery but it also made me think.

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