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The dearly beloved a novel

by Wall, Cara.

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Set in the years 1950-1970 in a changing America and London, follow[s] two married couples - ministers and academics - whose intricate bonds of faith and friendship, jealousy and understanding, are tested by the birth of an autistic child.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Wall's generation-spanning debut novel of faith and fellowship begins with two 1950s love-at-first-sight story lines. Charles is instantly smitten by Lily when she answers his simple question, firmly and directly, in a Harvard library. Meanwhile, at the University of Chicago, James attends a weekend recital and decides he must meet the unassumingly beautiful piano accompanist, Nan. Within each pair, there is at first a believer and a nonbeliever, a dynamic that shifts in shades before and after the four become linked for life, when Charles and James are hired in 1963 to lead a Presbyterian church in Greenwich Village. Socially gifted Charles and activist-minded James complement each other as one well-balanced, co-ministering force, while their wives' differences more often keep the women apart. The surprises children bring, or don't, will challenge them all. Underlying the very readable, honestly human propulsion of her characters' lives in their near-entirety, Wall does a tricky thing quite well, exploring the facts of faith and love at both their most exalting and most trying. This has broad appeal for book groups.--Annie Bostrom Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Wall's sensitive, deliberate debut examines the intersecting lives of two couples through years in which they alternately clash and support each other. In the politically volatile 1960s, reserved upper-class Charles and streetwise Chicagoan James are selected to be co-pastors at a Presbyterian church in New York. Like it or not, their wives are thrown together as well. While the two men complement each other, their wives often clash. Charles's wife, Lily--a feminist, atheist academic who was orphaned as a teenager--shuns both the church and the company of James's wife, Nan, a sociable Mississippian who was raised as the daughter of a minister and with a strong faith of her own. Rather than simply throwing all these strong personalities together, Wall slowly and carefully builds the history and point of view of each individual and then each new couple. By creating such well-defined characters, she is able to all the more effectively explore the role of faith, or its lack, in dealing with the pressures of marriage, child-rearing, and work, as one couple faces the fact that they may not have the children they want and the other deals with a child with special needs. This is a story in which religion is central to the plot and the actions of the characters, but in which the author stands back from taking sides in the battle. It's a rare and intellectually stimulating outing. (Aug.)"
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Subjects Married people Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Christians Fiction
Clergy Fiction
Faith Fiction
New York (N.Y.) History 20th century Fiction.
Electronic books.
Domestic fiction.
20th century
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Simon & Schuster2019
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781982104542
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