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Heaven Lake by John  Dalton
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Feb 24, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2005
Read in January, 2005

A novel that tells the story of Vincent, a recent college graduate who travels to Taiwan to be a Christian volunteer and English teacher. Initally Vincent is a little bit self-righteous (and annoying!), but before long, everything that he understands about himself and the world changes as he forms a complicated relationship with a high school girl whom he teaches. Forced to leave Taiwan in scandal, Vincent accepts an offer from a local businessman who wishes to marry a woman living in the desert in Northwest China. In exchange for money, Vincent will travel to the woman's hometown, participate in a counterfeit marriage, and bring the woman back to the businessman so that he can marry her legitimately. Most of the book is about this journey. It's a coming-of-age tale in many ways as Vincent comes to know himself and his faith in entirely new ways throughout the course of his time in Asia. The characters were richly drawn. A very enjoyable book!
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