It is time! What time? FALL time which means another Fall Book Fling from CLADACH Publishing.
YEAH! And this year we start with Gadly Plain. First of all - that isn't spelled wrong, and if you read it Gladly - well, I did that at first too.
Next, this book is NOT your average book. It is more of a bit of an allegory, but yet an entire tale of a girl, and her family. Spring-baby is just 12, and her Daddy has died. Her Mother leaves her with family, and vanishes. Basically alone, and in shock, Spring-baby finds an odd friend in the "different" guy who lives next to her Grandparents. Chirp is supposedly mentally impaired, but he has a friend. A friend that Spring-baby and others have seen, but discounted. This friend is a donkey, named Amen. Amen's tale is a huge part of this book, and it is a good one.
This book probably will not be a book that everyone understands, but if you will just come as a child, you will not have a single problem liking Amen's story. After all, it is the story of Redemption seen through different eyes.
GADLY PLAIN - A Novel
When a young girl's father dies, and her mother abandons her at her paternal grandparents' home in Kentucky, no one helps her cope with the cloud of death that hovers over the family ... until she wanders down to the neighbor's barn. There in an earthy, unlikely haven, vistas open to Spring-baby that transcend time and place and even death.
For readers who love well-written fiction that is both personal and sweeping in scope. If you enjoy novels with literary merit that show the intersection of the grit and grief and glory of life on earth with the presence and power and persuasion of the supernatural and heavenly ~ you'll likely be enthralled by this story.
At the back of the book is a discussion guide for reading groups and book clubs.
Creative drawings by Raw Spoon, at the head of each chapter, bring visual life and added sensory dimension to the experience of reading this book.
J. Michael Dew lives with his wife and three young daughters in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born and raised in Warren County, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.A. in English from Lock Haven University and an MA and PhD in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is an Associate Professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College where he is also the Honors Coordinator for the Dunwoody campus. In his spare time he enjoys being a husband and a dad. And fishing. He loves a glinty, trouty stream.
224 pgs / 5.5" x 8.5"
Illustrated: original drawings by Raw Spoon
Category: Christian Fiction/ Literature
"As a reader, it's not often I come across a small literary miracle, an unexpected gift. Gadly Plain is that type of book. It sweeps us up into the rich yet simple world of an orphaned girl and a mysterious donkey, a world both familiar and mystical, melancholic and full of hope. Do yourself a favor and open this gift.." ~ Eric Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Fireproof andOctober Baby
"Splendidly written ... You will give yourself over to the girl, Spring-baby, and to her life of wonder with a donkey that does not die." ~ Terry Kay, award-winning author of To Dance with the White Dog
"Gadly Plain is a book about sorrow, regret, and grief--but it is also about the fleeting spirit of childhood and the choices we make to believe in the stories that give us hope. Gentle and reflective, this is a story about stories and the incredible power they hold to heal and redeem broken hearts." ~ ForeWord Reviews
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