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Friday, November 13, 2009

White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner



Summary:
Amanda Janvier’s idyllic home seems the perfect place for her niece Tally to stay while her vagabond brother is in Europe, but the white picket fence life Amanda wants to provide is a mere illusion. Amanda’s husband Neil refuses to admit their teenage son Chase, is haunted by the horrific fire he survived when he was four, and their marriage is crumbling while each looks the other way.

Tally and Chase bond as they interview two Holocaust survivors for a sociology project, and become startlingly aware that the whole family is grappling with hidden secrets, with the echoes of the past, and with the realization that ignoring tragic situations won’t make them go away.

Readers of emotional dramas that are willing to explore the lies that families tell each other for protection and comfort will love White Picket Fences. The novel is ideal for those who appreciate exploring questions like: what type of honesty do children need from their parents, or how can one move beyond a past that isn’t acknowledged or understood? Is there hope and forgiveness for the tragedies of our past and a way to abundant grace?

Author Bio:
Susan Meissner cannot remember a time when she wasn’t driven to put her thoughts down on paper. Her novel The Shape of Mercy was a Publishers Weekly pick for best religious fiction of 2008 and a Christian Book Award finalist. Susan and her husband live in Southern California , where he is a pastor and a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves. They are the parents of four grown children.

My Thoughts:
This book is well written and the plot is good.  I like how the author creatively but realistically brings us behind closed doors of an ideal suburban family and shows us they may not be so ideal.  I think a lot of people hide behind lies in order to appear to be what they consider normal. 

You can purchase White Picket Fences online or at a local Christian bookstore.  Would you rather win the book?
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A copy of White Picket Fences was provided to me by Waterbook Multnomah.  Contest ends 11/23 open to US residents only.

13 comments:

Theresa N. said...

I'd love to win this book. I read The Shape of Mercy and really enjoyed it, but the ending surprised me.
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I would love to win this book. Please enter me. Thanks!!
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Angela said...

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Stephanie said...

I have been looking for a new author to try and would love to win this book!!

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