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Solace of Leaving Early

ISBN-10: 1400033349
ISBN-13: 9781400033348
Edition: Reprint 
Authors: Haven Kimmel
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Description: Using small-town life as a springboard to explore the loftiest of ideas, Haven Kimmel’s irresistibly smart and generous first novel is at once a romance and a haunting meditation on grief and faith. Langston Braverman returns to Haddington, Indiana  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/13/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 11.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Using small-town life as a springboard to explore the loftiest of ideas, Haven Kimmel’s irresistibly smart and generous first novel is at once a romance and a haunting meditation on grief and faith. Langston Braverman returns to Haddington, Indiana (pop. 3,062) after walking out on an academic career that has equipped her for little but lording it over other people. Amos Townsend is trying to minister to a congregation that would prefer simple affirmations to his esoteric brand of theology. What draws these difficult—if not impossible—people together are two wounded little girls who call themselves Immaculata and Epiphany. They are the daughters of Langston’s childhood friend and the witnesses to her murder. And their need for love is so urgent that neither Langston nor Amos can resist it, though they do their best to resist each other. Deftly walking the tightrope between tragedy and comedy, The Solace of Leaving Early is a joyous story about finding one’s better self through accepting the shortcomings of others.

Haven Kimmel studied English & creative writing at Ball State University & North Carolina State University & attended seminary at the Earlham School of Religion. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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